Common name: Skyblue Clustervine, Pentantha
Botanical name: Jacquemontia pentanthos Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Synonyms: Jacquemontia violacea, Jacquemontia pentantha
Skyblue Clustervine is a handsome light climber.
Native to tropical America, it has spread to many tropical countries
because of the ease with which it can be grown and for its beautiful
appearance. Ideal for covering trellises and growing in pots over
"balloons," Skyblue Clustervine is a small freely blooming creeper of
controllable growth. The stem of the creeper is slender and green and the
leaves are arranged alternatively. The leaves are small, shiny and
heart-shaped with pointed tips. The bell-shaped white-throated ultramarine
blue flowers are produced in clusters at the ends for long stalks. The
creeper looks gorgeous with its many flowers spread on it after rains and
in the cooler season. Compared to other members of morning glory family,
the flowers are smaller. They are about the size of a one-rupee coin or 2.5
cms across, with the petals fixing into bell shape with five stamens.