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Sweet potato vine

Ipomoea batatas

Sweet potato vine

Among the most popular container-garden plants, sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Grow a few together in a large pot, and they make a big impact all on their own.

Sweet potato vines do best during the warm days of summer and prefer moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in sun or shade.

Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 2 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 5 feet wide
Flower Color:
Golden or purple foliage
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie' offers purple hand-shape foliage on a vigorous plant.
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Illusion Emerald Lace Ipomoea batatas is a compact selection with bright lime-green foliage and a mounding/trailing habit. It grows 10 inches tall and spreads 4 feet across.
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Illusion Midnight Lace Ipomoea batatas presents gardeners with a compact, mounding/trailing habit and rich purple foliage. It grows 10 inches tall and spreads 4 feet across.
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Ipomoea batatas 'Marguerite' is an especially attractive selection with golden-chartreuse foliage.
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Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline' offers hand-shape foliage in an intriguing shade of coppery bronze.
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Plant It With

Golden sweet potato vine is a perfect complement to purple angelonia varieties.

African marigold

Mix orange African marigolds with purple sweet potato vine for a combo that looks great all summer long.

New Guinea Impatiens

Add color to shady spots with purple or orange New Guinea impatiens and golden sweet potato vine.

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