railroad vine beach morning glory

The Railroad Vine

The Railroad Vine , also known as the Beach Morning Glory, is as strong as it is beautiful. It thrives in some of the harshest conditions for a plant- saltwater air and sand dunes.

The Ipomoea pes-caprae gets its common name because of how quickly the vine chuga-chuga-choo-choos across the dunes; it can grow up to one foot a day!

It is most commonly purple, but can vary towards pinker hues. This perennial wildflower blooms throughout the year. It has been said that the Carib Indians used Railroad Vine during certain rituals to cleanse evil spirits.

Dune flowers such as the Railroad Vine help to naturally preserve and stabilize sand dunes, so when you come across these flowers, bask in their beauty, but don’t disturb their home.

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