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.

Ipomoea batatas

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  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun to light partial shade

    Flowers: White to lilac 

    Fragrance: Fragrant

    Foliage: Evergreen, open clumping

    Growth habit: Climbing vine

    Hardiness: Hardy

    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.

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