Silver Dwarf Morning Glory

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A herbaceous perennial, Silver Dwarf Morning Glory, Evolvulus sericeus, is found in  wet flatwoods, seepage slopes, bogs, and wet prairies in most of the Counties in the Florida peninsula.  A tiny plant that leans on other plants is about 12” in total height when held erect. Long and narrow lanceolate leaves are ¼” to 1” in length and 1/8” in diameter. They are arranged in an alternate order on a solitary main stem. The lower side of the leaf has silky, silver hairs. The upper side is green and hairless.

A single cup shaped flower grows from a leaf axil at the top of the main stem.  Five white to lavender petals make up the bloom. Five male stamens with white pollen carrying anthers and a single female style project out of a deep green colored throat. Flowers bloom in the spring and summer.

Silver Dwarf is a member of the Convolvulaceae or Morning Glory family.  There are five  native species in the genus Evolvulus in Florida.   The specimen in the picture was found in a wet prairie along Daniels Parkway.