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IPOMOEA batatas (SWEET CAROLINE SWEET HEART™ RED)

Image of Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red' (SWEET CAROLINE SWEET HEART™ RED, SWEET CAROLINE SWEETHEART SERIES) PP19013

James Burghardt

Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

IPOMOEA batatas 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red'( SWEET CAROLINE SWEET HEART™ RED, SWEET CAROLINE SWEETHEART SERIES) PP19013

Plant Common Name

Sweet Caroline Sweet Heart™ Red Sweet Potato Vine, Sweet Potato Vine

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The sprawling but compact Sweet Caroline Sweet Heart™ Red has heart-shaped, chartreuse and powdery salmon-red foliage that works perfectly for containers, annual borders and hanging baskets. It withstands partial sun and looks great alongside most other flowering ornamentals or as an accent in a tropical vegetable garden.

This tender perennial grows from edible fleshy tuberous roots and is vigorous, herbaceous, and a stubby vine that originates from Central and northern South America. Members of the Sweet Caroline Sweet Heart™ Series have heart shaped leaves, and this selection's foliage emerges bright yellow-green and matures to salmon-copper and then a deeper, dulled powdery salmon-red. Small lobes also arise on the heart-shaped leaf edges. Occasionally plants produce funnel-shaped flowers of lavender-white to dusty purple.

Other perks of the Sweet Caroline Sweet Heart™ Red are that it thrives in heat, is easy-as-pie to grow and do not sprawl so heavily as to crowd-out nearby plants. It prospers in fertile, moist, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. In warmer zones it will survive winters and grow as an evergreen perennial, but in temperate zones it is treated as an annual in containers or as seasonal bedding 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

    5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm

  • 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)

    Red, Yellow Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Yellow Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Yellow Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Copper

  • 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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No