Posted by: ktzefr | August 16, 2013

Morning Glories: Facts and Pics

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I don’t recall planting morning glories when I was growing up in Kentucky, but in late summer they appeared like magic.  The vines twirled through the beans and peas and potato plants in the garden and climbed every fence and post.  The flowers were fragile.  They bloomed early in the morning and closed by midday, lasting only one day, and you never knew where the next batch of blooms would unfurl on the vine.  Now, I plant them in pots on the porch every summer and watch the vines climb into the dogwood tree. 

 

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Did you know…

In the language of flowers morning glory means “love in vain.”

More than 1,000 species of flowers are called morning glory.

A few species are night bloomers. 

Morning glory seeds were once used as a laxative in China.

The Aztecs used the sulfur in the morning glory’s juice to convert the latex from plants and produce bouncing balls.  (This was 3,000 years before Charles Goodyear developed the process of vulcanizing rubber.)

Aztec priests also used the seeds as psychedelics as in large doses (hundreds of seeds) they can produce an effect similar to LSD.

Light through the morning glories; Photo:KFawcett

Light through the morning glories; Photo:KFawcett

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