It’s taken a long time for our moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba) to finally become mature enough to produce a flower. I planted two moonflower vines from seed at the base of the arbor I built for Better Homes and Gardens soon after its construction. The first couple weeks of their life was difficult due to the rabbits and their taste testing parties in the garden (and they didn’t even invite me!). Eventually one moonflower emerged victorious as the rabbits turned their attention toward greener pastures and the clover it contained.
The moonflower utilized the last couple weeks to twine itself up the arbor at a very rapid pace. Each day seems to bring several more inches of growth. I was beginning to get concerned that the flowers might never come but buds are all over the vine and the first flower has finally emerged.
Moonflowers have the same heart shaped leaves that morning glories do which isn’t a surprise since they are so closely related. Unlike morning glories, which unveil themselves in the morning for pollination, moonflowers emerge at night for moths to pollinate.