Eye-catching color. Looks great flowing down a rock wall or over the side of a large container.
Margarita Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
FeaturesI'll GROW on you.
Vigorous, trailing, mounded growth with vibrant chartreuse foliageAward WinnerFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not Necessary
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:4 - 10 InchesTrails Up To:72 InchesSpacing:18 - 24 InchesSpread:48 - 60 InchesFlower Shade:NoneFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:ChartreuseHabit:TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Use in hanging baskets, beds, borders and window boxesMaintenance 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"
564332111Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Annette, British Columbia, Canada, 12 years ago
Wow what a vigorous plant! People ask me all over town what it is. I think it would take over my house if I let it. This is great in the desert southwest. Needs little to no care. It has been happy with what little rain we get.Jeanne, New Mexico, United States, 12 years ago
Terrific. It produced sweet potatoes, too!!!Kateri Dupuis, Wisconsin, United States, 12 years ago
We ended up with MANY large "potato's" they tasted great tooPaul Hill, New York, United States, 12 years ago
I love this plant in everyone else's containers, but in mine, it just sits there, looking anemic. I don't know what the problem is, but it sure is frustrating.Melody, Washington, United States, 12 years ago
Beautiful plant that gets a lot of complements. Be careful where you put it since it can get away from you in a hurry!Christianne, Oklahoma, United States, 12 years ago
such a beautiful plant in hanging baskets. I love this plant so much that I hate to see winter come and it go away. I brought a bunch of pieces in the house and took some to work.Yolanda Walker, Ohio, United States, 12 years ago
Russell Studebaker, Oregon, United States, 12 years ago
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