Posted by Cindy on September 05, 2002 at 18:04:01:
In Reply to: Anyone know what this might be? posted by Kat on August 28, 2002 at 12:48:18:
: We're in a new house and at some point, someone who lived here loved to garden, but everything has overgrown. I've spent this whole year restoring the flowerbeds and happily finding treasures all over. Most I've been able to identify, but late in July I had something come up I just sensed was a plant and not a weed and let it go. The thing is now about 3 ft high, with a pretty good spread on it. The stems are a purplish color coated with like a fine white fur. The leaves don't seem to grow in any specific numbered group, but are heart/spade shape and a med. green. This thing blooms mostly in the evenings and at night, huge white morning glory type blooms about 5" in diameter. I thought it was a moonflower, but the pictures I've seen aren't the right bloom and it's definantly not a vine. Now there are seed pods (I think) on it that are round spikey balls about the size of a golf ball. Any idea's? Thanks in advance and btw, nice to have found this board. :)
Dear Kat, this sounds like a moonflower to me,I have the same plants in my yard. A friend gave me the seed pod to grow and your right it dosen't look "viney" but it will climb. There is another type of plant called a moonflower that is in the same family as a morning glory, this is not what you have. Collect the spikey seed balls and share with friends, they'll thank you when walking in the night garden enjoying the intoxicating perfume!