Beach morning glory is also called Goat's foot or railroad vine due to its scrambling nature and ability to cover less used tracks and roadsides. It is adapted to coastal areas where sand is plentiful and the soil is well-draining. Salt, heat, and wind don’t bother this plant and it is common to see it splayed across a dune in coastal regions. The large mats it forms help stabilize sand where it grows just above high tide. Beach morning glory can exceed 33 feet (10 m.) in length. It is native to coastal regions of North America and pan-tropical globally. In the U.S., it is hardy to zone 9 to 11. Leaves are 1 to 6 inches in length (2.5-15 cm.), double-lobed, thick, fleshy, and evergreen. The roots of this plant are often more than 3 feet (1 m.) into the sand. Flowers are funnel-shaped, darker at the corolla, and may be pink, reddish-purple, or dark violet. The perennial vine is just 16 inches high (40.5 cm.) but creates a tangled, low-growing thicket.
It is one of the most widely used salt tolerant plants in the world. This is because the seeds go elsewhere by sea. The plant was first classified by Carl Linnaeus. The current genus is Robert Brown (1818).
Propagation is through seed or cuttings. Seeds do not need a dormant period but the seed coat must be scarified before germination, which occurs in every season but winter. These remarkable vines need little nutrition and have a high drought tolerance. To establish beach morning glories in gardens, take a cutting and set it into moistened sand. The internodes will shortly send out roots. Set them 3 feet (1 m.) apart and keep plants moist for the first few months.
It is being used to treat diabetes. In Brazil, the plant is used to treat inflammation (inflammation) and gastrointestinal diseases.
is widely used in traditional medicine. The plant is mucilaginous and is considered astringent, tonic, alterative, diuretic and purgative. Poultices made from the leaves are commonly used to treat skin affections, ulcers, boils, swellings, stings and wounds. medicinal plant used in many countries for the treatment of several ailments, including inflammatory and algesic processes. The present study describes the antinociceptive effects of the methanolic extract and two fractions obtained from aerial parts of this plant.