Man In The Ground or Bejuco Colorado
Ipomoea microdactyla

Man In The Ground

Man in the ground is a very rare native morning glory found in the Dade County rocklands. The color of the flower is dark red or crimson to deep pink. The buds are shiny and have a streak of fuchsia along the lower tube.

This is a fire adapted plant that develops a small mass of white swollen roots that look like a man underground. It dies back to these roots in the winter and reemerges in the spring with dark green new growth and many flowers.

Well drained, rich soil, no flooding and full sun are required. Try planting on a trellis, mailbox post, or among the boots of a cabbage palm. Low walls, tree stumps, or large rocks also make good supports. It will grow about six feet a year and is well behaved compared to other morning glories. Man in the ground will survive throughout Palm Beach County yet is not salt tolerant.

In most cases the plant dies during the winter months when planted in the ground. I suggest using a container to grow it in.