Bush Morning Glory
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Bush Morning Glory
aturalized Photo: Tabish
Common name: Bush Morning Glory, Morning Glory Tree • Marathi: बेशरम Besharam • Hindi: बेहया Behaya • Manipuri: ꯁꯝꯕꯜ ꯄꯥꯝꯕꯤ Sambal paambi • Nepali: बेसरम Besaram
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.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Okhla Pakshi Vihar, Delhi.

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