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Sweet potato vine

Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’

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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 CharacteristicsSeeds are highly toxic if ingested.

CareGrow 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.

PropagationSow 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.

ProblemsWhite blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt.

  • Genus : Ipomoea
  • Zones : 11
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Vines
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