Delightful lacey spiller
Proven Accents® Illusion® Emerald Lace Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesI can go ALL summer.
Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and good vigor.Award WinnerFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not Necessary
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:6 - 10 InchesTrails Up To:30 InchesSpacing:10 - 12 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:ChartreuseHabit:TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Great in mixed containers, window boxes and hanging baskets.Maintenance Notes:
Ipomoeas are great additions to combination planters, but they can sometimes overwhelm less vigorous plants. If you are like me you can let your combination plants duke it out Darwinian style, however, if you prefer to keep a more balanced look to your combination planters, you can cut back or remove stems at any time.
Ipomoeas also make great annual groundcovers in the landscape. They love the heat and humidity (growing up to 36" a week in the Deep South), cooler temperatures and low humidity cause them to stay more compact.
While Sweet Potatoes all come from the same parent material out of Southeast Asia, there is a big difference between the Sweet Potato you buy in the store and the tubers produced by the Sweet Caroline and the Illusion plants. Commercial sweet potatoes have been bred for over 100 years selecting for those with the best sugar to starch content (hence the name SWEET Potato), the ornamental have been bred to produce good leaves and no tubers, though they do form, they are composed of almost pure starch and no sugar; making them a poor choice for eating. So yes you can eat the tubers, but don't expect anyone to come back for seconds! Also always be careful when eating any ornamental plant unless you know how it was grown, and if pesticides or fungicides were used on it before you got it; a tuber is a storage root, and yes they store chemical as well as starch.
An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.
"A Real Simple magazine Top 10 goofproof Plant"Proven Accents® Illusion® Emerald Lace Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-012EMLC' USPP 21,744, Can 4,162
pat, 8 years ago
Very showy accent plant! I could not have been more pleased with it last season.Deborah Lynn Anderson, 8 years ago
Russell Studebaker, California, United States, 9 years ago
I have grown for four years along a curved walk. They are in full sun for 10 hours in the summer. Mine have sprouted every year from tubers. Great and showy plant for Texas landscapes.kandy shelton, Texas, United States, 9 years ago
Can't wait to use this plant again in my 2010 containers!Peggy Hudson, Ohio, United States, 9 years ago
This Ipomoea and the black one just gave up the ghost a couple weeks ago (late Oct) Very impressed with its vigour.Jodi DeLong, Nova Scotia, Canada, 9 years ago
I fully expected not to like this new cultivar as much as the large-leaved 'Marguerite, which I grow in pots every year. But the fact that slugs are not attracted to this one as much, won me over. The gold leaves are great with dark foliage.Kym Pokorny, Oregon, United States, 9 years ago
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