Ipomoea cordatotriloba

Purple Bindweed, tie vine, tievine, little violet morning glory, cotton morningglory, coastal morning glory

Description: perennial vine 

Place of origin: southeastern United States, northern Mexico and parts of South America 

Urban habitat: commonly found in disturbed sites, waste dumps, along roadsides and railroads; thrives in full sun and partial shade; drought tolerant. 

Ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for wildlife.

History: Although native to parts of North America, Ipomoea cordatotriloba is currently considered a noxious weed in Arkansas and Arizona. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Its genus name Ipomoea derives from Greek meaning ‘worm’, in reference to its twining habit and the species name cordatotriloba refers to its three-lobed heart shaped leaves.