Common name: Sweet potato
Native to: Tropical regions in the Americas
The plant is a herbaceous perennial vine, bearing alternate heart-shaped or palmately lobed leaves and medium-sized sympetalous flowers. The edible tuberous root is long and tapered, with a smooth skin whose color ranges between yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, and beige.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to light partial shade
Flowers: White to lilac
Foliage: Evergreen, open clumping
Growth habit: Climbing vine
Height: Up to 10metres
Spread: Up to 10 metres
Soil requirements: Prefers fertile, moist well-drained soils.
Uses: Dark green - and some purple varieties - foliage and prolific flower display. Does well on fences, arches, gazebos, trellis, walls and as an accent plant, in containers, in planters and on structures. Warning: it can smother so keep well controlled.