Ipomea violacea - Morning Glory- seeds

Let yourself be enchanted by the majestic seeds of Ipomée Violaceae . This exceptional climbing plant, also known as night beauty in the West Indies, awakens the senses with its immaculate white flowers which open gracefully at nightfall. Each seed, small and angularly black , carries with it the potential for a spectacular hatching that will light up your summer evenings.


ipomea violacea

ipomea violacea

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Let yourself be enchanted by the majestic seeds of Ipomea violacea (Ipomea violacea) . This exceptional climbing plant, also known as night beauty in the West Indies, awakens the senses with its immaculate white flowers which open gracefully at nightfall. Each seed, small and angularly black , carries with it the potential for a spectacular hatching that will light up your summer evenings.

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Delivery Methods:
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Delivery delay :

  • Seeds ship within 3-7 business days.
  • For destinations in Europe, delivery times may be extended depending on local regulations.

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  • Free delivery for seed orders over €60.
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We deliver to France and European countries. Please note that delivery times may vary for international deliveries.

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  • Crystal sachet: Initial protection of seeds.
  • Airtight doypack: Secondary packaging with germination conditions label.
    All our seeds are cold stratified to guarantee their quality and germination capacity.

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Detailed Description and Benefits

Scientific name: Ipomoea violacea
Family: Convolvulaceae

Type: Perennial climbing plant (in its natural habitat), often cultivated as an annual in temperate regions.

Flowers: The flowers of Ipomoea violacea are large, trumpet-shaped, and mainly white with green bands. They are between 9 and 12 cm long and usually open at dusk, remaining in bloom throughout the night. This nocturnal flowering is an adaptation to attract nocturnal pollinators such as moths.

Leaves: The leaves are alternate, broad, and heart-shaped (heart-shaped), with slightly wavy edges. They are intense green in color and provide dense cover over the structures they climb.

Seeds: The seeds of Ipomoea violacea are black, angular and covered with short hairs. They are approximately 1 to 1.2 cm long. These seeds are robust and adapted to dispersal by natural elements such as wind or water.

Varieties: There are several varieties and cultivars of Ipomoea violacea, often confused with Ipomoea tricolor due to morphological similarities. Popular cultivars include 'Pearly Gates', 'Heavenly Blue', and 'Flying Saucers', although some of these names are more often associated with Ipomoea tricolor .

Habitat and Distribution: Ipomoea violacea is native to tropical and subtropical regions, including Central and South America, the West Indies, and parts of Asia and Africa. It grows mainly in coastal areas, river banks and brackish lagoons, at altitudes ranging from sea level to around 100 meters.

Use and Importance: In addition to its ornamental qualities, Ipomoea violacea has cultural and historical importance in certain regions. Its white flowers, opening at night, bring an exotic and romantic touch to gardens. However, it is crucial to note that some varieties may contain chemical compounds such as lysergic acid amide (LSA), a substance with psychotropic effects, although this characteristic is more commonly associated with Ipomoea tricolor .

How to cultivate it? Growing guide

  1. Soil : Use well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
  2. Watering : Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
  3. Sowing temperature : Ideally between 20°C and 25°C.
  4. Sowing time : Sow in spring, after the last frost.
  5. Flowering period : In summer, for optimal conditions.
  6. For the adult plant :
  7. Hardiness : Can withstand slightly negative temperatures in temperate regions.

Calea Zacatechichi is generally hardy but can be susceptible to attack by aphids and fungi in humid conditions. Ensure good air circulation and adequate watering to prevent these problems. For more details on disease and pest management.

Did you know? (Discover exciting stories!)

Tribe known for the use of Purple Ipomoea

The Mazatecs of Mexico are one of the tribes best known for the ritual use of Purplish Ipomea seeds. They use the seeds of this plant, known as "Badho Negro" in Mazatec, during divinatory and therapeutic ceremonies. The seeds contain lysergic alkaloids, notably ergine (LSA), which produce psychotropic effects allowing shamans to communicate with spirits and obtain visions​

Hoffmann synthesis

Albert Hofmann, famous for synthesizing LSD, also conducted extensive research on the alkaloids found in the seeds of Ipomoea purplish and Ipomoea tricolor. In 1960, Hofmann discovered that these seeds contained lysergic acid amide (LSA), a chemical compound similar to LSD, but less potent. This discovery shed light on the traditional uses of these plants in shamanic rituals and contributed to scientific interest in natural psychotropic substances.

Use in horticulture:

  • Ipomoeas, also known as "Morning Glory" in English, are highly valued for their vibrant flowers and their ability to quickly climb trellises, fences and other garden structures. Popular varieties include Ipomoea purpurea , Ipomoea tricolor , and Ipomoea nil .

2. Psychotropic effects:

  • Some ipomoea species, such as Ipomoea tricolor and Ipomoea violacea , contain lysergic alkaloids, notably ergine (LSA), which have psychotropic effects. The seeds of these plants have been traditionally used by shamans in divinatory and therapeutic rituals, particularly among indigenous peoples of Central and South America.

3. Symbolism and popular culture:

  • Ipomoeas are often associated with freshness and ephemeral beauty, as their flowers usually open in the morning and fade in the afternoon. This characteristic makes them symbolic of the transient nature of life.

4. Species diversity:

  • The genus Ipomoea is extremely diverse, with over 500 different species. The best known of these include the sweet potato ( Ipomoea batatas ), grown for its edible tubers, and the many ornamental species used in gardens around the world.

Taxonomic confusion:

  • Ipomoea violacea is often confused with Ipomoea tricolor , another species that shares similar characteristics. However, these two plants belong to distinct subgenera. This confusion has even been noted in scientific works and books like “Plants of the Gods” by Albert Hofmann and Richard Evans Schultes​.

Ritual use:

  • Although Ipomoea violacea is often associated with psychotropic properties due to confusion with Ipomoea tricolor , it is important to verify the correct classification before attributing these properties to this specific species.

Attraction of nocturnal pollinators:

  • Ipomoea violacea flowers typically open in the evening and remain open overnight, attracting nocturnal pollinators like moths. This adaptation is particularly interesting from an ecological point of view


1. What are the best growing conditions for Purplish Ipomoea seeds?
Ipomoea violacea prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter. It thrives in hot, humid climates and requires full sun exposure for optimal flowering. It is recommended to sow the seeds at a depth of 1 to 2 cm, with a spacing of 30 cm between each plant.

How to collect and store Purplish Ipomoea seeds?
At the end of the growing season, seeds can be harvested once the pods have dried. Seeds should be stored in a dry place, in their natural husk, in a box or envelope, for use during the next planting season.

Are Purplish Ipomoea seeds invasive?
Yes, Purplish Ipomoea can be quite vigorous and reseed easily. To avoid uncontrolled proliferation).

5. Do Purplish Ipomoea seeds have psychotropic properties?
Some varieties of Ipomea purplish contain lysergic alkaloids, notably ergine (LSA), which can have psychotropic effects. However, this characteristic is often associated with confusion with Ipomoea tricolor . It is important to verify the correct classification before assigning these properties to this specific species​ ​.

What are the main uses of Purplish Ipomoea seeds?
Purplish Ipomoea seeds are mainly used for ornamental purposes in gardens, thanks to their magnificent nocturnal flowers. They may also have traditional uses in certain cultures for their psychotropic properties.

How long does it take for Purplish Ipomoea seeds to germinate and flower?
Purplish Ipomoea seeds usually germinate within 1 to 2 weeks after planting. Flowering may occur approximately 2 to 3 months after germination, depending on growing conditions and climate.

Can we grow Purplish Ipomoea in a pot?
Yes, Purplish Ipomoea can be grown in pots. It is recommended to use a pot of adequate size (at least 5 liters) to allow good root development and to provide support for the plant to climb.

Further information

Guarantee of quality at Legba:
At Legba, we take great care to cultivate our Morning glory seeds in a controlled environment that respects nature. Each seed comes from healthy and robust plants, grown without the use of chemicals, favoring organic methods and permaculture techniques.

This approach not only guarantees the purity and high quality of our seeds but also supports our commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment.

Precautions for Use:
Ipomea violacea contains active compounds such as sesquiterpene lactones, which are responsible for its effects on dreams and relaxation. Given the potency of these active ingredients, it is important to handle the seeds and plant with care. In France, as in many countries, the regulations surrounding the use of plants containing active substances are strict.

We advise you to inform yourself about the legislation in force before any use, to ensure an experience that is both safe and compliant with the laws.

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