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Bush Morning Glory Tree Ipomoea Carnea Seeds
Packet of 10+ freshly harvest seeds!
Unlike most other Ipomoea, or morning glory family, this fella isn’t a vine.
It’s a medium to large bush or tree, with great big furry seeds that look like some sort of hairy little critter. The flowers are slightly larger than most morning glory vines, and they last all day too, which is a bonus especially in the heat.
It is not a prohibited plant in any state of Australia, and is not either of the weedy vines Ipomoea cairica, or Ipomoea indica.
It is sometimes known as Ipomoea fistulosa, or by the common names Bush Morning Glory, Morning Glory Tree, Badoh Negro, Borrachero, Matacabra or Canudo de pita in Brazil, which means Pipe Cane.
It got this name because the hollow stems were used to make smoking pipes, by the religious group the Canudos of Bahia.
I do not recommend or encourage this in any way, it’s just a bit of trivia.
It accumulates large amounts of Selenium in the seeds and leaves, and this large amount of Selenium has proven toxic to cattle.
Selenium is an essential trace element, but it is fatal in large doses as the body doesn’t excrete it very well. So don’t bloody eat it, it’s an ornamental not a salad.
The internet tells me it contains a component identical to marsilin, which is a sedative and anticonvulsant, and a glycosidic saponin has also been purified from Ipomoea carnea with anticarcinogenic and oxytoxic properties.
Medicinally, its roots are boiled to use as laxative and to provoke menstruation, and the milky sap is used by traditional healers for skin diseases.
However, it’s very dangerous when used wrongly, as it’s a depressant on the central nervous system, and a relaxant for muscles meaning important stuff like breathing and staying alive can become an issue…
To me, it’s just another beautiful Ipomoea Species, and I grow it purely as an ornamental.
It does great in pots, is super drought hardy, flowers pretty much constantly, the bees love it as it produces heaps of nectar, and it isn’t weedy like its relatives can be.
I grew these seeds ourselves, but I always dump them after a couple months. For this reason I sometimes get them from a friends place, especially if I am having trouble keeping up with demand.
Regardless of where I get them, the seeds will always be harvested and sent out quickly, as they do not store very well.
Best planted within a couple months, a soak in cup of warm water overnight can speed up the germination process.