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Scientific Name: Ipomoea batatas cvs.
Pronunciation: ip-uh-MEE-uh buh-TAY-tuss
Common Name: sweet potato vine
Family Name: Convolvulaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Key ID Features: Trailing, annual vine often used in containers; leaves 12cm, cordate or palmate with 3-5 lobes and in a huge range of colours (gold, lime-green, purple, etc).
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293, HORT 2355, Level 4 Apprenticeship


Habit: Irregular, Open, Pendulous
Form: Climbing, Irregular, Weeping
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Central America, South America
Hardiness Rating: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Bedding plant, Container planting, Hanging basket, Summer interest
Additional Info: Wikipedia. Cultivars shown include I. 'Blackie', I. 'Tricolour', and I. ‘Margarita’.
sweet potato vine
 
 
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Lobed
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Summer: Green, Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’ has black leaves while 'Marguerite' has lime green leaves and 'Tricolor' is pale white green with a rose color margin and variegation
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Pinnately lobed
Additional Info: Cultivar shown on left is Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'. Cultivar in center is Ipomoea batatas ‘Tricolor’. Cultivar on left is Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’. 'Chartreuse' (not shown) is similiar in leaf color to 'Marguerite'

 
 
Inflorescence Type: Flowers solitary
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Funnelform
Colour (petals): White, Magenta
Flower Scent: None
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Fruit Type:
Fruit Colour:
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant

 
Bark or Stem Colour:
  
Organ Modifications: Tuberous roots


Propagation: Seed, Softwood cuttings, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Maintenance:Medium
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Fungal leaf spot, Thrips
 
Location(s):
(BED) BEDding, container, or basket
(HPZ) Horticulture PlaZa
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