This annual vine, native to the Southeastern United States, was introduced in Nebraska. It has long, hairy stems up to 6 feet long (A). Its large leaves are usually deeply lobed (A). The funnel-shaped flowers, pale blue with a white center, fade to purple when spent (B,C).
This vine grows along roads on disturbed ground, climbing on fence posts and other lower vegetation, flowering from June through October. At Neale Woods, uncommon along the road near the Ranger’s house on the floodplain. Images (D and E) were taken from plants on the Fontenelle Forest floodplain planted prairie, the year after the big flood (2012).
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