Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory

Ipomoea purpurea | SKU: 0050
7 Reviews
$3.25 to $6.75
  • One of two seeds that started it all!
  • Self-seeding hardy annual plants grow vines of over 15 feet long
  • Deep purple flowers with red star in throat
  • Climbs trellises and support structures

Please note: The Arizona Department of Agriculture prohibits the sale of any plant in the genus of Ipomoea, which includes Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory flower.

$3.25 to $6.75

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Item Details

(Ipomoea purpurea) One of two plants that inspired the creation of Seed Savers Exchange, this morning glory bears beautiful deep-purple flowers with red stars at their center. This self-sowing annual—given to SSE co-founder Diane Ott Whealy by her Grandpa Ott who lived on a 40-acre farm in St. Lucas, Iowa—can climb to 15 feet tall, if given a support to grow on.

Learn to Grow Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory

Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep

Germination: 15-21 Days

Thin: 4-6" Apart

Support: Trellis or Arbor

Instructions - Plant seeds outdoors after the last frost. Seeds can be slightly chipped and soaked in warm water for 24 hours before planting for better results. Prefers full sun and moist average soil.

Ratings & Reviews

7 reviews


Mother's Tradisition.


Beautiful, My Mother always had these on the finch the first thing of Beauty when We open are Back door in the mornings, I have kiap the tradition going in My yard, They are so beautiful and refacing to look at. Thanks' to My Mother for showing Me the beauty of life Now My Grandson is growing these in His garden of flowers.



This produces the most beautiful morning glory I have ever seen. The color is stunning and the photos don’t do it justice. It’s this spectacular purple/blue that can only be described as regal. A few pink ones popped up, too, what a treat!

Beware - agressive beauty


My neighbor gave me a cutting from his beautiful plant. I was so excited to finally have my own plant. By the second year, it was encroaching on my neighbor plants. By the third year, it was all over my entire yard - trees, roses, shrubs, lawn. I have tried to eradicate it but it is tenacious. Be careful where you plant it!

Grow these every year on a cattle panel trellis.


Beautiful, lovely. A show stopper. I do not have the problems with morning glories that some people have. I am in Minnesota. I mulch my garden every year. They don't self seed for me because I mulch.

Horribly Invasive - Avoid at all costs


While they are pretty, they are a noxiously invasive weed that chokes out native plants. Please, research your purchases prior to making them and avoid noxious weeds such as this! It shouldn't even be sold, in my opinion.



It seems important that I write here to warn. This "plant beast" can take over your yard and trees. At least here in Southern California! Somehow this plant escaped a pot. Before I knew it. It was covering one side of the yard including trees. Some have told me that they did not even plant it. (Birds dropped the seeds.) Seeing the flowers, some comment how beautiful they are. I would only plant Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory if you surround them with cement!

Research before you buy


I very much appreciate heirloom seeds and seed savers, however I was shocked when I just saw these seeds on the site. We have been fighting this uncontrolled
plant species in our yard in Michigan since we moved into our home. It has invaded our gardens growing long roots underneath our grass and popping up wherever it can. We've not found a way to remove it and it keeps extending into other parts of the yard.

Seed Savers Response: Morning glories have a tendency to heavily reseed if the seed pods are not removed after flowering. For best results only allow a select number of pods to ripen that you plan to harvest for seed.