Delightful lacey spiller
Illusion® Emerald Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
- Hardy Zones
- 11 - 11
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 6 - 10 Inches
Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and good vigor.
Great in mixed containers, window boxes and hanging baskets.
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"
- pat4 years ago
Very showy accent plant! I could not have been more pleased with it last season.Deborah Lynn Anderson5 years ago
- Russell StudebakerCaliforniaUnited States5 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.kandy sheltonTexasUnited States5 years ago
Can't wait to use this plant again in my 2010 containers!Peggy HudsonOhioUnited States5 years ago
This Ipomoea and the black one just gave up the ghost a couple weeks ago (late Oct) Very impressed with its vigour.Jodi DeLongNova ScotiaCanada5 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.Kym PokornyOregonUnited States5 years ago
|Award Year||Award||Plant Trial|
|2012||Top Perfomer||Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial|
|2012||Top Performer||Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs|
|2012||Top Performer||Ohio State University Extension - Springfield|
|2012||Top Performer||University of Tennessee - Knoxville|
|2012||Top Perfomer||University of Wisconsin|
|2012||Top Landscape Performer||North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum|
|2012||Very Good Perfomer||University Laval|
|2012||Top Performer||Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank|
|2012||Top Performer||Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens|
|2012||Best Overall||Cornell University|