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IPOMOEA batatas (ILLUSION™ MIDNIGHT LACE)

Image of Ipomoea batatas (ILLUSION™ MIDNIGHT LACE, ILLUSION™ SERIES) PPAF

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

IPOMOEA batatas( ILLUSION™ MIDNIGHT LACE, ILLUSION™ SERIES) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Illusion™ Midnight Lace Sweet Potato Vine, Sweet Potato Vine

Special Notice

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General Description

The mounding but compact Illusion™ Midnight Lace sweetpotato vine boasts deeply dissected and lobed foliage of glossy deep blackish purple that works perfectly for containers, annual borders and hanging baskets. It withstands partial sun and look great alongside most other flowering ornamentals or as an accent in a tropical vegetable garden.

This tender perennial is borne from edible fleshy tuberous roots and is a vigorous, herbaceous, stubby vines that originate from Central and northern South America. Members of the Illusion™ Series have deeply cut or sharply lobed leaves that have a finer texture that other sweet potato vine selections. Occasionally plants produce funnel-shaped flowers of lavender-white to dusty purple.

Other perks of Illusion™ Midnight Lace are that this plants thrive in heat, are as easy-as-pie to grow and do not sprawl so heavily as to crowd-out nearby plants. It thrives in fertile, moist, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. In warmer zones it'll survive winters and grow as an evergreen perennial, but in temperate zones it is treated as an annual in containers or as seasonal groundcover. In shadier locations or when temperatures cool, avoid wetting the foliage as to keep the plant looking its best.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 13

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Burgundy, Black

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Burgundy, Black

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Burgundy, Black

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Burgundy, Black

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No