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Tricolor Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

  • Hardy Zones
    • 11 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 4 - 8 Inches
Proven Selections
Tricolor Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
Part Sun to Sun 4 - 8

Features

Wonderful tricolored leaves on trailing growth

Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
4 - 8 Inches
Trails Up To: 
72 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
White
Foliage Shade: 
Multicolored
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: 

Use in hanging baskets, beds, borders and window boxes

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"

  • i luv dis junk bruh

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jamal Robertson
    watermelon ville
    Georgia
    United States
    3 years ago
  • I bought my plants on clearance, they did much better than expected. In December they are still alive but straggly, hope they come back next spring.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Robbin Todd
    Vista
    California
    United States
    3 years ago
  • Wonderful color varigation and hardiness. Layered nicely in hanging baskets.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Debbi Piper
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    5 years ago
  • It grew so beautifully in my window boxes mixed with geraniums and wave petunias

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sabrina
    Utah
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Great plant with gaura - karalee petite pink

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    PWPau
    New York
    United States
    5 years ago
  • TOOK CUTTINGS &ROOTED THEM HOPE TO OVER WINTER THEM &AM GOING TO TRY TO STORE TUBERS FOR SPRING GROWTH AS I LIVE IN I THINK ZONE 10 TO COLD

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    LOIISE CROCKER
    Massachusetts
    United States
    5 years ago
  • This is the first plant I have grown in my large planters that has really taken. I have both the green and the purple and they looked amazing. I took cuttings and have them rooted and potted for next year.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Sue Eves
    New Jersey
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2009 Prairie Star Kansas State University
2009 Prairie Star Kansas State University
2009 Prairie Star Kansas State University
2008 Top Performer in Containers Kansas State University
2008 Top Performer in Containers Kansas State University
2008 Top Performer in Containers Kansas State University
2007 Prairie Star Kansas State University
2007 Prairie Star Kansas State University
2007 Prairie Star Kansas State University
2007 Prairie Star Kansas State University
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