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Ipomoea x batatas

Sweet Potato Vine
Annuals
Classification Scientific Name: Ipomoea x batatas
  Common Name: Sweet Potato Vine
  Family: Convolvulaceae
  Location Index: HG14
  Suggested Use: beds & borders

container plantings

hanging baskets
     
Plant Plant Type: annual
  Plant Form: spreading

cascading
  Height: 6 - 12 inches
  Spread: depends on structure
  Flower Color: pink, purple
  Flower: flowers are not the primary ornamental value

small, funnel-shaped flowers that are rarely seen in regions where the plant dies back seasonally
  Foliage Texture: coarse
  Foliage: aggressive vine with heart-shaped or deeply lobed leaves

foliage color ranges from purple or maroon to bright chartreuse
  Growth Rate: rapid
     
Environment USDA Zone: zones 9 - 11
  Native Range: American tropics
  Sun Requirement: light shade

full sun
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: adaptable

well-drained
  Heat Tolerance: high
     
Care Maintenance: occasionally prune to keep growth in check
  Liabilities: nematodes

root rot

sweet potato weevils

leaf insects
  Tolerances: heat
  Propagation: stem cuttings
Ipomoea x batatas

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