MOON FLOWER, a genus of plants belonging to the same family as the morning-glory, dodder and sweet potato, known as the Convolvlus family, embracing about 400 species. The greater number of these are twining or trailing herbs and shrubs.
The moonflower is known as a garden climber, being cultivated for its beautiful white flowers, which are large and sweet scented. These flowers open at night and close in the morning.
The vines may be trained to grow to a height of about ten feet; the broad, heart-shaped leaves afford protection from the sun and make an excellent screen for porches. See Corvolvules