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IPOMOEA batatas (SWEET CAROLINE™ SERIES)

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Mark A. Miller

Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

IPOMOEA batatas( SWEET CAROLINE™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Sweet Caroline™ Sweet Potato Vine, Sweet Potato Vine

General Description

The colorful trailing but compact sweetpotato vines in the Sweet Caroline™ Series are popular foliage plants for containers, annual borders and hanging baskets. They withstand partial sun and look great alongside most other flowering ornamentals.

These tender perennials are borne from edible fleshy tuberous roots. They are vigorous, herbaceous, vines that originate from Central and northern South America. Members of this series generally have heart-shaped or three-lobed leaves that may be pale green, yellow or variegated. Occasionally plants produce funnel-shaped flowers of lavender-white to dusty purple. Unlike other Ipomoea batatas flowering is not day-length dependent for plants in the Sweet Caroline Series.

Two other perks are that these plants thrive in heat and are as easy as pie to grow. They thrive in fertile, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. In warmer zones they will survive winters and grow as evergreen perennial, but in temperate zones they are treated as annuals.

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

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, 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

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Yellow, Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Yellow, Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Yellow, Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Yellow, Green, Light Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No