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Proven Accents® Sweet Caroline Kiwi Ornamental 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
16" 3'
6" - 16"
20" - 3'
  • Details


    Color. FULL.

    Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and good vigor.

    Award Winner
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 16 Inches
    Trails Up To: 
    30 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    20 - 36 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Works great in landscapes as an annual ground cover, as well as in combinations and containers by themselves.  The plant is very adaptable, working in both sun and shade conditions, atlhough the colors are deeper and brighter in full sun than they are in shadier environments where colors are tinged with more green.

    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  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.

    Proven Accents® Sweet Caroline Kiwi Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-025SCK' USPP 31,855, Can 6,287
  • 1 Review

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Great accent of chartreuse green in my choice of dark rich colors in my tiered planter. I did have one large potatoe tuber. Wondering if I can save it to grow again next year. I have had another small sprouted plant Ill try as a indoor plant this winter.

      Heidi Berry
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 weeks ago
  • 40 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2020 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2020 Perfect Score All Season Oregon State University
    2020 Top Performer Daniel A Seguin Garden
    2020 Perfect Score - All Season Michigan State University
    2020 Director's Select - Sun Penn State
    2020 Top Performer Iowa State
    2020 Top Performer University of Delaware
    2020 Top Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
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