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'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

  • Hardy Zones
    • 11 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 6 - 16 Inches
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Size: 4.5 Inch
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'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
Part Sun to Sun 6 - 16

Features

I can go ALL summer.

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

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Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
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 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"

"A Real Simple magazine - Top 10 goofproof Plant"

'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Ipomoea batatas USPP 15,028, Can 2,975
  • Grows well in a sunny window as an indoor plant. Very colorful and hardy.

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

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    debbie
    Ridgefield
    Connecticut
    United States
    3 years ago
  • 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.

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

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

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

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Julie Rocco
    Ontario
    Canada
    5 years ago
  • 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!

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

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

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Susan Lalo
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top Performer in Containers Kansas State University
2011 Best of Species Penn State
2011 Top Performer Kansas State University
2011 Best of Show (top 1%) Penn State
2011 Best of Species Penn State
2011 Top Performer Kansas State University
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
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