Everglades: Oceanblue Morning-Glory

Oceanblue Morning-Glory (Ipomoea indica) - Roadside, Everglades National Park, Florida

Oceanblue Morning-Glory (Ipomoea indica) - Roadside, Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades has a surprising number of beautiful wildflowers that receive very little attention from photographers.  Most visible is the Morning-Glory family with their big, typically colorful blooms.  These beautiful flowers are often seen in disturbed areas where their vines can grow quickly and take advantage of ample sunlight.  This means that roadsides are one of the easiest places to find these plants.

The Oceanblue Morning-Glory, as seen here, is a deep bluish-purple.  They can be found fairly easily alongside the main park road into Everglades National Park right at the turnoff to the Pa-hay-okee Overlook, as well as along Anhinga Trail.

If you are interested in seeing Morning-Glories, be up early as most of the flowers in this family open only at dawn and by midmorning have often wilted or closed back up.  One flower, the Moonflower, opens at night and by dawn has started to close.

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