(White Star - Pitted Morning Glory - Carolina Morning Glory)
Ipomoea lacunosa - Linnaeus
Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory) Family
The leaves are alternate, petiolate, cordate or 3-lobed, with entire margins. The leaves often have a narrow purple margin.
The flowers are solitary or in 3-5 flowered cymes from the axils of the leaves. The individual flowers have 5 ovate to lanceolate sepals. The sepals are thick, green in color, with hairs along their margins. The corolla is bell shaped with 5 shallow lobes. The flower is small (about 1 inch in total length), and white in color. Small White Morning Glory is a larval host plant for the Common Plume Moth (Emmelina monodictyla). Occasional plants with lavender colored flowers represent hybrids with Tie Vine (Ipomoea cordatotriloba Dennstaedt).
Fruit is a globose capsule that is pubescent on its top.
The hybrid (Ipomoea ×leucantha Jacquin) is common on some roadsides and other disturbed areas where both parents grow.