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Sweet Caroline Raven Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

  • Hardy Zones
    • 11 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 6 - 16 Inches
Your order will ship in spring 2018 according to your plant zone.

After your order has shipped you will receive an email with your FedEx tracking number.
Size: 4.25 Inch
Proven Winners
Sweet Caroline Raven Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
Part Sun to Sun 6 - 16


Good looks AND personality.

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

Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary


Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
6 - 16 Inches
Trails Up To: 
30 Inches
12 - 18 Inches
20 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
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.

Sweet Caroline Raven Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-015SCPI' USPPAF, Can 4,539
  • This plant was very sturdy. Had wonderful maroon leaves throughout summer and into October. Also had some beautiful pink tubular flowers!

    Can I keep this plant inside during the winter months in Maine and will it survive?

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sweet Caroline Raven sweet potato Vine
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Love the way it looks in a container. Easy to grow. Sometimes hard to find in our area.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Hilde Cook
    United States
    3 years ago
  • Great in pots, Looks beautiful with any other plant and is very hardy. However, must be on a deck or pool side with a fence.. Dear LOVE it and will not allow it to grow to its fullest. I had two pots in the front of my home and the are almost gone. Had them on my deck and they are BEAUTIFUL . Love the rich, deep eggplant color (almost Black) and the delicate flowers.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Carol Packer
    New York
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top Performer Cornell University
2012 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2012 Top Performer University of Georgia
2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
2012 Top Perfomer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
2012 Top Performer Colorado State University
2012 Very Good Perfomer University Laval
2012 Top Performer Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
2012 Consumer Choice University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
2011 Top Performer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
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