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Sacred Plants - Morning Glory

Seeds, Whole, 10 Gr from Hungary (SKU 3344)

Top quality viable Ipomea seeds, var. Heavenly Blue, Clarks Early



Ipomea Violacea is a member of the Bindweed or Morning Glory family (commonly grown as ornamentals), as is Turbina Corymbosa, the Ololiuhqui (round things) used by Aztecs and other indigenous groups of Central America, mainly Mexico. Traditionally used in divination, the seeds of some varieties contain LSA (ergine). Nowadays, many varieties are known, including Heavenly Blue, Flying Saucers, and Pearly Gates.

Other names: Ipomoea tricolor, Ipomea Violacea, Ipomea tricolor, Flying saucers, Pearly gates, Ipomea, Morning Glory, Tlitliltzin (the Nahuatl word for "black"), Tlitliltzin, Yaxce’lil, Quiebraplato, La’aja Shnash, Seed of the Virgin, Semillas de la Virgen.

Ipomea violacea was called "Badungas" or "Badoh Negro" in the Zapotec zone of Mexico. They used its seeds as a substitute for Ololiuhqui (MacDougall 1960). It has been suggested that I. violacea represented the Aztec drug "Tlitliltzin" (sacred black bones; Wasson 1963), and this species is known to the Mayans as "Yaxce’lil" (Garza 1990). Ipomea is still used today as a shamanic inebriant in Mexico, for example by the Mixe Indians of Oaxaca. It is commonly known in Mexico as "Quiebraplato" (plate breaker), which likely derives from the Mixe name "Pu’ucte.sh" "broken plate flower". The Zapotec also call I. violacea seed "La’aja Shnash" or "Seed of the Virgin", perhaps the origin of the contemporary Mexican term "Semillas de la Virgen" for Morning Glory seeds. Although it is widely assumed that the name "Semillas de la Virgen" refers to the Catholic virgin, it probably derives from the Zapotec term, which evidently refers to the virgin appointed to grind the seeds.

Ipomea belongs to the Convolvulaceae (Bindweed family). Native to the mountains of Southern Mexico, Guatemala, West Indies and Tropical South America, Morning Glory now grows around the world, favoring tropical warm temperate climates. It is a tender perennial vine with large, heart shaped, bright green leaves and showy, trumpet shaped flowers ranging from light blue to dark purple. These can be up to 6" in diameter. They open in the morning and last for one day. The ovoid fruit is about 1/2 inch in length and bears elongate, angular black seeds.

Morning Glory, Erowid Herb Vault

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