Sweet potato vine

Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Proven Winners
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Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’)
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Genus:  Ipomoea
This tender tuberous perennial with heart-shaped, lobed, almost black leaves bears trumpet-shaped lavender to pale purple flowers. It is excellent in containers or weaving among other plants in beds and borders.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Seeds are highly toxic if ingested.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Provide support or use as a groundcover. 'Blackie' is usually grown as an annual.
Propagation:  Sow seed in spring after chipping them or soaking them in water for 24 hours. Root softwood cuttings in spring or summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  White blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt.

Overview

Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Poisonous,
Suitable as Annual,
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Vines

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