Tried this last year, was above and beyond other Ipomoea I have tried in the past.
'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
FeaturesI do WONDERFUL things for a yard's SELF-ESTEEM.
Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and vigorAward WinnerFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not Necessary
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:6 - 16 InchesTrails Up To:30 InchesSpacing:10 - 12 InchesSpread:36 - 48 InchesFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Shade:RedHabit:TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement: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).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses 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 (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"'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red' Ipomoea batatas USPP 19,013, Can 2,904
5341321Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Murphy Greenhouses, Alberta, Canada, 12 years ago
Terrific plant. Beautiful earth tones-brown, red green as it grows. Heart shaped leaf. Tough to find.Julie D., Massachusetts, United States, 12 years ago
First year buying this plant. Love the variegated colors.Dawn, Montana, United States, 12 years ago
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