Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatus)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Hort Answers

Annual

Sweet Potato
Ipomoea batatus

Sweet Potato 'Ace of Spades' and 'Margarita'
Sweet Potato 'Ace of Spades' and 'Margarita'
 
Features
Vigorous, rapidly growing groundcover/vine. Used for the colorful foliage that ranges from burgundy to chartreuse. Likes the heat.  
 
Culture
Full sun, moist well-drained soil. 
 
Cultivars

'Blackheart' 6-12 inches tall, dark burgundy foliage

'Blackie' 6-12 inches tall, dark purple foliage deeply lobed leaves

'Marguerite' 6-12 inches tall, chartreuse foliage

'Sweet Caroline Bronze' 3-6 inches tall, bronze foliage, more compact

'Sweet Caroline Red' 3-6 inches tall bronze-red foliage, more compact

'Chillin' Series, very compact, purple, burgundy and chartreuse

 
 
Mature Height
6-12 Inches
 
Size
Small
 
 
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
 
 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
 
 
Bloom Season
-
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
 
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
 
 
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage


Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Japanese beetles
 
Additional Notes
Very vigorous plant that will spread great distances or hang quite a ways from hanging baskets. Good as a ground cover or in large containers.

 

 
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