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Proven Accents® 'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

(11 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
16" 48"
Height
6 - 16"
Spread
36 - 48"
  • Details

    Features

    I can go ALL summer.

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

    Best Seller
    Award Winner
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 16 Inches
    Trails Up To: 
    60 Inches
    Spacing: 
    10 - 12 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Flower Shade: 
    None
    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: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Works great in landscapes as an annual ground cover, as well as in combinations and containers by themselves.  The plant is very adaptable, working in both sun and shade conditions, atlhough the colors are deeper and brighter in full sun than they are in shadier environments where colors are tinged with more green.

    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"

    Proven Accents® 'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Ipomoea batatas USPP 15,028, Can 2,975
  • 11 Reviews

    • Grows well in a sunny window as an indoor plant. Very colorful and hardy.

      Kathy Gannon
      Arizona
      United States
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great plant for containers! Lovely lime color that goes all summer long!!

      debbie
      Connecticut
      United States
      6 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • THIS PLANT LOOKS GOOD WITH ALMOST ANY PLANT. IT GROWS SO FAST YOU HAVE TO KEEP CUTTING IT BACK OR IT TAKES OVER. WON'T STOP ME FROM USING IT WITH ABOUT EVERY THING I PLANT.

      LOUISE HEMPHILL
      Iowa
      United States
      7 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Lynne Roskam
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • good grower, lots of leaves and low maintence

      Susan Lalo
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Very beautiful and full!

      Karen Smith
      Massachusetts
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant did beautifully in my hanging baskets even with the scorching heatwaves of this summer

      Julie Rocco
      Ontario
      Canada
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Wow, It needs a warning: plant with other fast, healthy growers because plants can get swallowed. I was beautiful with peach geraniums before it grew over the top. I really loved it, though. I still had a dark grass in the middle. PRETTY COMBO!

      Judih Carr
      Michigan
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Beautiful, lush foliage. Needs regular watering.

      M
      Quebec
      Canada
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Good vigorous grower.

      Susan Lalo
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 42 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2011 Best of Show (top 1%) Penn State
    2011 Best of Species Penn State
    2011 Best of Species Penn State
    2011 Best of Show (top 1%) Penn State
    2010 Bronze Medal Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2010 Top Performer University of Wisconsin
    2010 Season-Long Top Performer Cornell-Long Island
    2010 Good Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2010 Good Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2010 Good Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
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