WEED OF THE MONTH: Morningglory

  • morninggloryVarious types: Ivyleaf, and tall or common morningglory1
  • Scientific name: Ipomoea hederacea and Ipomoea purpurea1
  • Grass or broadleaf: Broadleaf1
  • Found in every state except Idaho: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY2
  • Germination timing:
    • According to Joe Armstrong, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences, morningglory germinates later than most common weeds such as giant ragweed and lambsquarters.
    • Morningglory species usually germinate in late spring/early summer. Most seedlings emerge following rain or irrigation, but they also may appear when surface soil is too dry for other annuals to emerge. Seeds germinate down to a depth of 4 inches or more.3 
  • Competitiveness: Morningglory is a low-climbing vine that twines up neighboring crop plants for support and has varying effects on crop yields, depending on limiting resources such as light, nutrients and water.4 Ivyleaf morningglory has a trailing or climbing annual vine up to 6 feet or taller.1 Tall morningglory can grow up to 12 to 15 feet tall at maturity.5 


According to Armstrong:

  • Most fields will see a blend of morningglory species. Tall and ivyleaf morningglory are the most commonly found morningglory species in Midwest fields. The species are similarly managed.


  • There are no documented cases of herbicide resistance.

Weed Management tips:

According to Armstrong:

  • Scout fields for morningglory after soybeans and corn are planted. Morningglory cotyledons, or the first leaves to emerge, have a distinct butterfly shape, making them easy to spot as young plants. Control it early, as it can quickly spread through fields.
  • Soil-applied products such as SureStart® II herbicide, FulTime® NXT herbicide, Keystone® NXT herbicide or Keystone® LA NXT herbicide provide outstanding preemergence control in corn fields.
  • Sonic® herbicide and Surveil™ Co-pack herbicide provide effective preemergence control in soybean fields.
  • In soybean fields, FirstRate® herbicide as a tank-mix partner provides postemergence control of morningglory. Durango® DMA® herbicide offers powerful postemergence control in corn.

Dow AgroSciences weed control solutions:

SureStart® II herbicide
Keystone® NXT herbicide
Keystone® LA NXT herbicide
FulTime® NXT herbicide
Surpass® NXT herbicide
Hornet® WDG herbicide
Durango® DMA® herbicide
Duramax® herbicide
Enlist™ Weed Control System,* when commercialized

Sonic® herbicide
Surveil™ Co-pack herbicide
FirstRate® herbicide
Python® WDG herbicide
Duramax® herbicide
Durango® DMA® herbicide
Enlist™ Weed Control System,* when commercialized

*Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. This is not an offer for sale of Enlist.

Additional Information:

More information can be found through this weed science resource:

1Everman, W., C. Sprague, S. Grower, R. Richardson. 2010. An IPM Pocket Guide for Weed Identification in Field Crops.
2PLANTS Profile. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service website. http://plants.usda.gov
3Morningglories. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. http://ucipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/morningglories.html
4Price, A. J., and J. W. Wilcut. Response of Ivyleaf Morningglory (Ipomoea hederacea) to Neighboring Plants and Objects. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25194949?uid=3739568&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104229549943
5Hort Answers. University of Illinois Extension. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortanswers/plantdetail.cfm?PlantID=529&PlantTypeID=5

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