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Illusion® Emerald Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

  • Hardy Zones
    • 11 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 6 - 10 Inches
Spring shipping begins March 28, 2017. Place an order and we will ship according to your plant zone.
$7.99
Size: 4.5 Inch
Proven Winners
Illusion® Emerald Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
Part Sun to Sun 6 - 10

Features

I can go ALL summer.

Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and good vigor.

Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
6 - 10 Inches
Trails Up To: 
30 Inches
Spacing: 
10 - 12 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Yellow
Foliage Shade: 
Chartreuse
Habit: 
Trailing
Container Role: 
Spiller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great in mixed containers, window boxes and hanging baskets.

Maintenance Notes: 

Ipomoeas are great additions to combination planters, but they can sometimes overwhelm less vigorous plants. If you are like me you can let your combination plants duke it out Darwinian style, however, if you prefer to keep a more balanced look to your combination planters, you can cut back or remove stems at any time.

Ipomoeas also make great annual groundcovers in the landscape. They love the heat and humidity (growing up to 36" a week in the Deep South), cooler temperatures and low humidity cause them to stay more compact.

While Sweet Potatoes all come from the same parent material out of Southeast Asia, there is a big difference between the Sweet Potato you buy in the store and the tubers produced by the Sweet Caroline and the Illusion plants. Commercial sweet potatoes have been bred for over 100 years selecting for those with the best sugar to starch content (hence the name SWEET Potato), the ornamental have been bred to produce good leaves and no tubers, though they do form, they are composed of almost pure starch and no sugar; making them a poor choice for eating. So yes you can eat the tubers, but don't expect anyone to come back for seconds! Also always be careful when eating any ornamental plant unless you know how it was grown, and if pesticides or fungicides were used on it before you got it; a tuber is a storage root, and yes they store chemical as well as starch.

An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

"A Real Simple magazine Top 10 goofproof Plant"

 

Illusion® Emerald Lace Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-012EMLC' USPP 21,744, Can 4,162
  • Delightful lacey spiller

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    pat
    4 years ago
  • Very showy accent plant! I could not have been more pleased with it last season.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Deborah Lynn Anderson
    5 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    California
    United States
    5 years ago
  • I have grown for four years along a curved walk. They are in full sun for 10 hours in the summer. Mine have sprouted every year from tubers. Great and showy plant for Texas landscapes.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    kandy shelton
    Texas
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Can't wait to use this plant again in my 2010 containers!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Peggy Hudson
    Ohio
    United States
    5 years ago
  • This Ipomoea and the black one just gave up the ghost a couple weeks ago (late Oct) Very impressed with its vigour.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jodi DeLong
    Nova Scotia
    Canada
    5 years ago
  • I fully expected not to like this new cultivar as much as the large-leaved 'Marguerite, which I grow in pots every year. But the fact that slugs are not attracted to this one as much, won me over. The gold leaves are great with dark foliage.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Kym Pokorny
    Oregon
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top Landscape Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2012 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2012 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
2012 Leader of the Pack Ohio State University - Columbus
2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
2012 Top Perfomer Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
2012 Top Perfomer University of Wisconsin
2012 Very Good Perfomer University Laval
2012 Top Performer Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
2012 Top Performer Cornell University
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