Ipomoea tricolor is a species of Morning Glory that is native to New World tropics. The species is now naturalized and cultivated across the world. Morning Glories are garden climbers that can reach up to 13 feet. Heavenly Blue is one of the most desired cultivars of the Ipomoea tricolor. During the 1950’s Albert Hoffman first identified the Heavenly Blue cultivar as belonging to Ipomoea violacea and the cultivar is still commonly sold under that name.
Morning Glories have a long history of entheogenic use. In 1941, Richard Schultes wrote that Mexican Native American use of Heavenly Blue Morning Glories dates back to the Aztec times. The Aztecs gave the seeds of Ipomoea tricolor the name of tlitliltzin. In South America, the same seeds are known as badoh negro.
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