An entire wall at the Polo Heritage Hotel, Jodhpur was covered with these glorious skyblue-violet flowers. There was a wonderful cover , almost as far as the eye could see with these marvelous sun gazing blooms.
Commonly called the Skyblue clustervine, they are native to Florida, USA.( only the four southernmost counties of Miami etc)
I was amazed to see a creeper native to tropical America flourishing in the near desert climate of Jodhpur, Marwar.
The skyblue clustervine has beautiful heart shaped leaves ( see the picture below) adding to the majesty of this perennial climber.
The scientific name Jacquemontia pentanthos is in honour of a French naturalist Victor Jacquemont.
The flowers belong to the same family as the Morning Glory and thus open their petals with the rising sun.
Do check out my blog THE CHAMELEON FLOWERS to know about The Morning Glory as well.
Though the ultramarine coloured flowers are relatively small ( less than an inch or 2cms in diameter) they grow in large clusters.
Being vigorous climbers they can be glorious covers for a garden wall , fence or a trellis.
The violet-blue coloured flowers in vast numbers are a huge attraction for bees in particular.
See the picture below, the camera had spotted a bee stealing the nectar.( top right) .
Do observe how the vine curls and stretches with the unidirectional leaves.
The pentagon shape of the flowers or the five petals give it the latter part of it’s name “pentanthos” .
The flowers also have five white coloured stamens besides a white core.
I wonder why the THE SKYBLUE CLUSTER VINE is enlisted as Endagered in the state of Florida.
It contrast it is extremely happy in its adopted home of Jodhpur which was also hosting the wonderful musical festival titled THE RIFF.