Moonflower Search for Rare Lavender

Patches(Southern Ontario-7)May 11, 2008

Hello, I'm hoping someone out there will be able to tell me where I might be able to find a particular color of Moonflower vine (Ipomoea Alba- also called Calonyction aculeatum). I have been planting this beautiful and heavenly-scented plant for about 5-7 years now and have had spectacular success with the White flowers. Someone told me about the same plant that they had viewed but which was a lavender-pink (southern USA). If anyone knows of a location in Canada, preferably in Ontario and specifically in Toronto, where the plant or seeds may be found I surely would appreciate the information. Maybe you would e-mail me or post back at this site. I'm not sure how to attach a picture here but I can provide a link which has a picture of the white one referred to here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Moonflower

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Kelly44(USDA 6)

I found Some Moonflower (lavender ) Color Seeds and plants On ebay, Although they are not the vine type.They are the large bush moonflower still just as beautiful and fragrant and Night opening . I believe they were called "Datura Lilly"
Worht a try ...I just won an auction for some seeds.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 5:40AM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

Thanks Kelly. The lavender bush sounds lovely and fragrance too! Unfortunately I garden on an 8'4" square balcony and although I have hanging pots on the wall and pots on the floor it sounds a tad big for my space. I notice you're in my zone too! Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 11:35AM
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bhscarlett(michigan)

hello, i have a datura seeds from lefluer lilac, mini little lavender and white colored,, if this is what you are looking for please let me know,, im searching for brug or brug cuttings,, not the dats unless doubles or triples, or rare,, love brugs and cant get them,, blessings,, beth:)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 9:36PM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

Hi Beth, Thanks for answering my post!! I'm pretty sure that's not the one but I sure wish I had room in my 8'4" square gardening space for it! The way the moonflower lavender was described to me was they are like the moonflower vine but only lavender colored. I posted a not-so-great pic of the typical moonflower vine and I found a picture of your lafleur lilac here: http://www.webshots.com/search?query=datura+la+fleur+lilac+media%3Aphoto&new=1
It's beautiful!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 12:24AM
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ten_steps_ahead(6 NJ)

Hi Patches,
I might have what you want. Mine are called Lavender Moonvine (Ipomoea turbinata) The vine grows to 15 feet and have blooms that are lilac or dusky pink about 2 inches across. The blooms open in the afternoon and stay open all night. I got them as a bonus from Onalee's Home-grown seeds. She also has those great white moonflowers also. She is also on e-bay. I have ordered many things from her over the past two years and have never been disappointed. I don't know how to post a link yet but here is her address www.onaleeseeds.com

    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 9:31AM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

Thank you very much "Ten Steps" You are indeed Ten Steps Ahead! I'm so excited to find this site I went to the site but kept geting "unknown error" when I tried to place an order so I've sent an e-mail. She has some unusual plants there so I want to order a second one ... as soon as I hear back from her. As well as the lavender moon vine I'm ordering this one: Transvaal Orange Seeded Morning Glory seeds, Ipomoea species Transvaalensis
I'll let you know how I make out.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 12:51PM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

Thought I'd update on my luck in getting the seeds! I had problems at Onalee's website so I ordered from another site. A bit late to order and I forgot that going through Canada Customs delays the order but received them on the 17th, nicked, soaked overnight, put in soil on June 18th Friday morning-LIFE! the seeds have popped up which in my experience is very fast! So I just might get blooms this year after all. Also am trying the germinate cross vine tangerine but no signs of life yet ...

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 4:35AM
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ten_steps_ahead(6 NJ)

Hi Patches,
Yes they do seem to germinate overnight. I'm so happy to have helped you find what you need and that you are happy with the results. Please post pics when you can. My guys are still very small, I don't think I have them in enough sun but I am patient. Two years ago I had them and they bloomed for me that summer. How do you overwinter yours? I thought they were just an annual.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 11:46PM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

After years of experimenting I have the method down 'pat' now ... nick, soak, plant and voila! I must say though that the lavender seeds showed life longer before the white ones. The company I ordered with threw in a free package as well. The other seeds have not even responded - very disappointing. I'm looking to buy a digital camera (FINALLY!) so I'll be able to post progress pics!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 1:57PM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

Sorry - I didn't answer your question about overwintering: No such luck - I'm in Toronto, Ontario Canada ... but I harvest the seeds of course. Next year I'll start a LOT earlier! The other seeds - Cross Vine Tangerine Beauty - is apparently a perennial but they show NO signs of life at all. I'll put a couple more in - they say not to cover them which I haven't and I can't imagine what else I'm doing wrong.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 6:33PM
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ten_steps_ahead(6 NJ)

Perennials can take a long time to germinate. I winter sowed butterfly weed 2 winters ago and had the container behind my shed. Last week I take a look behind there and they were about 12 inches high. The only reason I knew they were BW is because I finally went out and bought some. So don't dispare just hava A LOT of patience. My moonflowers are only slightly larger than the last time I posted (maybe 1/2 inch). I think next year I'm going to start mine earlier also.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 10:46PM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

Okay then ... I won't give up. Had a second look at the little envelope the Cross vine came in and I notice it says 30-90 days! So it may happen yet. And since these are a perennial I'll keep them for next year. Now if we could just get a decent run at a few days of sunshine! that must have been a nice surprise to find the Butterfly Weed.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 5:48PM
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Patches(Southern Ontario-7)

thought I'd do a followup on my various vines and searches for them: the one I got which is described as Lavender Moonvine in fact is not as portrayed. It's a pretty little vine but nowhere near what I expected (see link to picture http://summerhillseeds.com/moonvine-lavender-pi-33.html)
Oh well, there's always next year. And as for the Cross Vine Tangerine Beauty..I keep thinking I see signs that its germinating but not yet. PLUS I'm unundated with little green thingys which I'm told are aphids. -) There's always next year.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2008 at 10:46AM
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