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Illusion® Garnet Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

  • Hardy Zones
    • 11 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 6 - 10 Inches
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Illusion® Garnet Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
Part Sun to Sun 6 - 10

Features

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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: 
12 - 18 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Red
Foliage Shade: 
Red
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 and in landscapes.

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"

"A Real Simple magazine - Top 10 goofproof Plant"

Illusion® Garnet Lace Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-013GNLC' USPP 23,612, Can 4,537
  • I PLANTED THIS VINE IN MY PLANTER AT THE MAILBOX NEAR THE STREET. IT NOT ONLY TRAILED OVER THE PLANTER BUT ALSO GREW OUT ONTO THE CURB. I HAD TO EVENTUALLY WRAP THE PLANT AROUND THE BRICK MAILBOX TO KEEP IT OUT OF THE STREET AND SO THE MAIL PERSON WOULD NOT RUN OVER IT. I NOW HAVE A COMPLETE CIRCLE OF GARNET LACE SWEET POTATO VINE AROUND MY MAILBOX. I HAVE TAKEN SEVERAL CUTTINGS AND GIVEN THEM TO PEOPLE WHO PASS AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT THIS PLANT IS. IT IS VERY HARDY, THOUGH I AM NOT SURE WHAT I WILL DO WITH IT WHEN THE WEATHER TURNS COLDER BECAUSE IT HAS GROWN SO BIG. I WILL KEEP THIS PLANT AS PART OF MY LANDSCAPE BECAUSE IT IS SO EASY TO GROW AND ALWAYS LOOKS BEAUTIUL!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    LINDA
    PENSACOLA
    Florida
    United States
    2 years ago
  • I PLANTED THIS VINE IN MY PLANTER AT THE MAILBOX NEAR THE STREET. IT NOT ONLY TRAILED OVER THE PLANTER BUT ALSO GREW OUT ONTO THE CURB. I HAD TO EVENTUALLY WRAP THE PLANT AROUND THE BRICK MAILBOX TO KEEP IT OUT OF THE STREET AND SO THE MAIL PERSON WOULD NOT RUN OVER IT. I NOW HAVE A COMPLETE CIRCLE OF GARNET LACE SWEET POTATO VINE AROUND MY MAILBOX. I HAVE TAKEN SEVERAL CUTTINGS AND GIVEN THEM TO PEOPLE WHO PASS AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT THIS PLANT IS. IT IS VERY HARDY, THOUGH I AM NOT SURE WHAT I WILL DO WITH IT WHEN THE WEATHER TURNS COLDER BECAUSE IT HAS GROWN SO BIG. I WILL KEEP THIS PLANT AS PART OF MY LANDSCAPE BECAUSE IT IS SO EASY TO GROW AND ALWAYS LOOKS BEAUTIUL!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    LINDA
    PENSACOLA
    Florida
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Andrew M
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top 20 Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2012 Top Performer Colorado State University
2012 Top Landscape Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2012 Top Perfomer University of Wisconsin
2012 Top Perfomer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
2012 Top Perfomer Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
2012 Leader of the Pack Ohio State University - Columbus
2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
2012 Top 10 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2012 Top Performer in Containers Kansas State University
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