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Water Spinach

Scientific Name

Ipomoea aquatica Forssk. (ITIS)

Common Name

Water spinach, swamp morning glory, swamp morningglory

Native To

Asia (Lee 1998)

Date of U.S. Introduction

1950s (Austin 2007)

Means of Introduction

Horticultural escape (Lee 1998)


Crowds out native species (Lee 1998)

Water spinach
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Swamp morning-glory (water spinach), flowers


Photo by Charles T. Bryson; USDA, Agricultural Research Service

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Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

Federally Regulated

  • Noxious Weeds Program

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • Includes species listed as a Federal Noxious Weed under the Plant Protection Act, which makes it illegal in the U.S. to import or transport between States without a permit.


Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.

Federal Government
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