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- The Morning Glory Flower: It’s Meanings & Symbolism
- Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Morning Glory Flower
- The Morning Glory Flower Interesting Facts
- Offer the Morning Glory on These Occasions
- The Morning Glory Flower’s Message
Did you know? The lovely Blue Dawn Flower (Ipomoea indica), also known as Ipomea learii, a South American perennial morning glory may produce 60,000 flowers at the rate of 300 per day.
The Morning-Glory, in the family Convolvulaceae, contains at least 50 genera and more than 1000 species. Morning-Glory flowers are one of the best flowers to decorate our fences and walls.
As the name goes, morning glory flowers are vines, which are saucer-shaped, opening at morning time.
Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Magnoliopsida Order Solanales Family Convolvulaceae Genus Ipomoea
Species of morning glories are native of tropical America. Morning Glories are also present in Asia although they also grow in subtropical and temperate regions.
Morning glory is the common name for a number of species of flowering plants in the family the Convolvulaceae, belonging to the following genera: Calystegia, Convolvulus, Ipomoea, Merremia and Rivea.
Morning glories belong to a different genera with slightly different floral, fruit and leaf characteristics but all Morning Glories produce typical funnel-shaped blossoms in white, red, blue, purple and yellow.
The Morning Glory flowers often show marks where the corolla is neatly folded or rolled up in the bud. The Morning glory flowers start to fade 2 hours before the petals start showing a visible curling.
Morning Glories prefer a full sun throughout the day. Morning Glory flowers can be as much as 8 inches across although most are around 4 inches.
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Facts about Morning Glory
- Morning glory vines reach a height of 10 feet or more.
- Morning Glories have lush green foliage.
- Some Morning glories are excellent seed voyagers.
- Morning glory leaves are heart-shaped, 4 – 5 inches long.
- In many species the morning glory seeds contain d-lysergic acid amide, ergoline alkaloids better known as LSA, which are poisonous in nature.
- Morning glories produce round seed pods in clusters hanging from their vines.
- When the Morning glory seeds mature the pods turn papery brown and become hard.
- The mature Morning glory seeds are dark-brown to matte-black and wedge shaped.
- The Morning glory seeds are sized between 1/8″ and 1/4″ long.
Growing a Morning Glory
Before sowing the seed, nick the morning glory seed with a file to help it absorb water and germinate more quickly, or soak overnight in tepid water to soften their coats.
- Morning Glory should be planted in full sun.
- Soil for the Morning Glory plant should not be too fertile or moist.
- Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep, 8 to 12 inches apart, and give a support of twine.
- Give 3-inch peat pots four to six weeks before the last frost is due.
- Morning Glories do not survive transplanting.
Caring for Morning Glories
- Give a good support system to the upcoming vine.
- Morning glories are favorites of sun, so do not overwater them.
- Morning glories are excellent reseeders so once you plant them, there is no need to replant them.
- To reduce their reseeding capability remove all the dead vines after they are killed by frost.
The Moonflower (Ipomea alba) is a popular fragrant variety of morning glories which opens in the evening with a sweet fragrance and lasts through the night until touched by the morning sun. The Moon flower is really the best choice for anyone who loves evening gardening.
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Morning glory, any of several herbaceous twining vines or shrubs in the genus Ipomoea (family Convolvulaceae). Several species of morning glories are cultivated for their showy trumpet-shaped flowers and attractive leaves.
Common morning glory (I. purpurea), an annual vine that bears heart-shaped leaves and purple, pink, or white flowers about 7 cm (3 inches) across, has become a troublesome weed in parts of southeastern North America. It is grown as an ornamental in many places.
Heavenly blue morning glory (I. violacea)—a twining perennial vine, usually cultivated as a garden annual—bears clusters of blue to purplish, sometimes white, flowers, 12 cm (4.7 inches) across, among heart-shaped leaves. It is native to tropical America. This vine bears seeds containing the alkaloids d-lysergic and d-isolysergic acids (similar to LSD), and the seeds are traditionally used among Mexico’s Zapotec peoples for ceremonial and curative purposes.
One of the largest-flowering species is the moonflower (tropical white morning glory; I. alba), a rampant perennial climber with 15-cm (6-inch) white, fragrant, night-blooming flowers. It contains a milky juice that is used for coagulating Castilla rubber.
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Bush morning glory (I. leptophylla), with tuberous roots and erect branches, grows up to about 120 cm (47 inches) tall and bears 7.5-cm (3-inch) purple or pink flowers. It is native to central North America.
The morning glory tree (casahuate; I. arborescens) is one of several similar tropical American tree and shrub morning glories.
The Morning Glory Flower: It’s Meanings & Symbolism
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Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Morning Glory Flower
Morning glory seeds are used in chinese medicine to treat disorders of the lungs, kidneys and large intestine. They have a purgative effect and can reduce or clear phlem in the lungs. They can act as a diuretic for the kidneys which reduces swelling in the body. (2)If morning glory seeds are eaten a person could have a hallucinogenic episode similar to a LSD experience. The active ingredients in morning glory seeds are lysergic acid amide, a close relative to LSD.
If necessary, the morning glory can be used to induce labor during pregnancy. The morning glory seeds were used in Mexican culture in religious ceremonies to induce a dream like state in order to better commune with the gods. Morning glories can be toxic and will cause nerve damage in larger doses than recommended. The flower and it’s stems, leaves and seeds must be used with great caution.
The morning glory root was used by native americans to make a tea which was especially effective for coughs because of it’s ability to remove phlem. The leaves were powdered and dried and made into a tea to treat stomach problems and headaches. (3) Morning glory wine can be made from the flower petals if they are soaked in purified cold water for about two weeks.
The Morning Glory Flower Interesting Facts
- One variety, the ipomoea quamoclit has cypress like leaves that are finely cut instead of the typical heart shaped leaves found on most ipomoeas
- The ipomoea lobata variety has red elongated flowers – that are a closed tubular form, not funnel or start shaped. There are about five to a stem that start out pure red then progressively get lighter and larger as you get closer to the bottom of the stem. The leaves are the heart shaped leaves of many morning glories
- The sweet potato is in the ipomoea family of plants
Offer the Morning Glory on These Occasions
I would offer the morning glory as a symbol to a person who needs some tenacity to go after their dreams. Morning glories take each twist and turn in the road (or on the trellis!) in their stride and just keep on going. This is the key to their success. Morning glories are also the birth flower for those born in September. I would offer them for September birthdays either as a potted plant or maybe a diary with an embossed design of a morning glory on it.
The Morning Glory Flower’s Message
Tenacity and tenderness in all things, be gentle but strong in your endeavors with other people, animals and nature. Above all hold fast to your goals.
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Weight does not seem terribly important for LSA. Over the years, much ‘gobbledygook’ has been posted on the ‘net regarding the psychedelic potential of morning glory seeds. More often than not, one reads of procedures varying from simple water soaking to more involved alkaloid extractions involving polar and non-polar solvents and such. This is all tedious and unnecessary. Though such extractions have the potential for success if one is careful and starts with about twice as many seeds as they need to get off (such extractions are usually very inefficient), it’s a waste of time.
The benefit of a successful extraction is that the intensity of the negative side effects (nausea, diarrhea, and with repeated use, sometimes leg cramps) can be significantly reduced. As a trade-off, the resulting trip is often less intense. Nevertheless, the negative side effects are overstated. The truth is, for most people they approach the unbearable only with excessive dosage (beyond 250 seeds) and/or excessive frequency of use (more than twice a month).
If you wanna get off on morning glory seeds, all you have to do is take four packages (typically weighing 1.5g each and containing about 60 seeds–this should suffice for anybody), CHEW THEM TO A PASTE AND SWALLOW. That’s all there is to it my friends–that’s all you have to do. Throw that petroleum ether away for chrissakes! Zippo lighter fluid? Please! Just chew ’em and swallow–BOY will you be glad you did. First-timers will be amazed at the intensity and similarity to acid of this legal and easily obtainable psychedelic. No, it is not as good as LSD, but if nothing else is available, it is a reasonable approximation of one to two hits of acid.
You could trip harder by eating more packages, but as you go beyond 4 packs the law of diminishing returns kicks in. Oh sure, you trip harder, but the undesirable side effects (nausea, diarrhea, extreme lassitude) become increasingly unbearable–ultimately compromising one’s ability to enjoy the trip. The lassitude (for the vocabularily challenged, that means it makes you VERY TIRED) is not attributable to the presence of other alkaloids in the seeds, as some have suggested, but rather is a direct effect of the lysergic acid amides themselves. You see, in addition to its psychedelic properties, LSA is also a documented sedative, and in fact is scheduled (Schedule III) as a sedative and not as an hallucinogen. So no extraction procedure will alleviate the fatigue which accompanies, and to some extent, compromises the trip.
Many report good results combining LSA with ephedrine, phenyl propanolamine, or any other legal and easily available stimulant you can think of. But be careful–you don’t want to exacerbate the potential for nausea. Also keep in mind that ergot alkaloids such as LSA are vaso-constrictive to begin with and combining them with stimulants such as ephedrine, which are also vaso-constrictive, is not a good idea. It could send your blood pressure through the roof, increase the chances of leg cramping, and even make your hair fall out. So don’t go crazy with the ma huang, eh?
It lasts about six hours, with a very steady peak that lasts for about three hours. The trip curve is very symmetrical: slow climb for about an hour and a half, nice steady peak for about two to three hours, then a slow come-down over about an hour and a half. Absolutely no hangover. You should feel nice and relaxed the next day.
Some closing notes on alkaloid content. You want to take Heavenly Blues; they have never let anyone down. Each seed weighs about .025 grams and is about .04% LSA. Two packages is a threshold dose and amounts to about 1 milligram of LSA (60 seeds/pack x 2 packs x .025 g/seed x )= 1.2 mg LSA). Three packs gives a nice symptom-free taste of the LSA trip; four is ideal. Many would enjoy five packs symptom-free. Consume 6 to 10 at your stomach’s peril. I once consumed 7 packs. It was a very intense trip–extremely enjoyable–but the nausea, et al. became truly unbearable. I recommend four packs–find your own level if you must. And LOOK OUT for those LEG CRAMPS if you overdo it. Keep in mind that overuse of LSA seeds could cause ergotism, a very serious condition. If you start to get leg cramps, it’s time to take a LONG HIATUS from LSA.
In conclusion, let me just say that if you really have the extraction bug and feel you MUST extract, do the following: Get an electric coffee grinder–it’s important. (They’re cheap, about $20 in any Lechters so just get one.) Grind the seeds to a powder over a few minutes, pausing every few seconds so as not to generate too much heat amongst the seed. Why? If you just grind them to dust without taking pauses, the heat generated will destroy the sensitive LSA alkaloids. Fill a decent-sized jar perhaps a third of the way up with lemon or other citrus juice. Pour the seed powder into this and let it soak. The seeds will fluff up and absorb the liquid; keep adding water. Periodically shake and let the seeds settle, shake and let the seeds settle; add water as needed. After an hour, let the seeds settle a final time and pour off the top layer of liquid into a vessel for drinking. You can discard the seed mush. If you’re going to use this method, you should use at least 10 packages of seeds as the extraction is very crude. Pour off as much as you can before the seed mush threatens to contaminate and then stop. Don’t obsess; there will be plenty of LSA in whatever you pour off. Drink the ‘pour off’ and discard the seed mush and whatever residual liquid is with it. This will significantly reduce the side effects (nausea and diarrhea–only stimulants or a lower dose will alleviate the fatigue.)