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Illusion® Midnight 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® Midnight Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

Part Sun to Sun 6 - 10

Features

Flowers? WHO NEEDS 'EM.

A great foliage component plant in combinations, excellent heat tolerance and good vigor. Great also as an annual ground cover.

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Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
6 - 10 Inches
Trails Up To: 
48 Inches
Spacing: 
10 - 12 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
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
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great in combinations, window boxes, hanging baskets and 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.

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"A Real Simple magazine - Top 10 goofproof Plant"

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    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    zvrcxglift
    Nevada
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I love the lacy leaves also the darkness of them. They go with so many colors & they bring a richness to the pots.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Carolyn Prenot
    Minnesota
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I love it for container planting

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jennifer
    Ontario
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Very easy to grow, hardyand thirves in our warm humid weather! Very nice contrats of green and bronze as it grows.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Aileen Pierce
    Wisconsin
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Marty Ferguson
    Michigan
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Like the green one, this lacey cultivar performed wonderfully in my containers/trials.

    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
    4 years ago
  • I planted this vine in the ground and it quickly made a lovely mound tucked under fall blooming dark purple chrysanthemums and Superbena Pink Parfait for a stunning late summer/early fall combination.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Dawn Hummel
    Oregon
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Russell Studebaker
    Colorado
    United States
    4 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top 20 Mississippi State University
2012 Top Performer in Containers Kansas 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 Top Performer University of Tennessee
2012 Top Performer Ohio State University - Columbus
2012 Best of Breed Ohio State University - Columbus
2012 Leader of the Pack Ohio State University - Columbus
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