Common name: Bush Morning Glory, Morning Glory Tree • Marathi: बेशरम Besharam • Hindi: बेहया Behaya
Botanical name: Ipomoea carnea Family: Convolvulaceae (morning glory family)
Bush Morning Glory is a shrub which grows to 1-5 m high. Originally from
tropical America, it is widely naturalized. The hindi/marathi names
besharam/behaya, meaning shameless, referes to its rampant spreading.
This relative of the morning glory has similar heart shaped leaves that are
a rich green and 6 - 9 inches long. The plants bloom in
clusters of 4 inch pink flowers all spring and summer long. As the name
suggests, the blooms fade as the sun warms them, just like morning glories -
but they are impressive while they last, blooming in large clusters at the
ends of the tall branches. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
|Photographed in Okhla Pakshi Vihar, Delhi and West Bengal.|