Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie') in the Sweet Potatoes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: 6-12 inches
Plant Spread: 3-6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Other: Blooms only occasionally
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Groundcover
Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Toxicity: Other: The sap of this plant contains latex and can cause dermatitis.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Other: tuber (fat root)
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2001 Georgia Gold Medal Winner

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Location: Tucson, ArizonaDate: October 6, 2011Sweet potato vine
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2012-0903
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2010-07-09
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Location: ILDate: 2005-08-14
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-05-14Over wintered in a pot of Gloriosa stored in basement.
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Date: 2014-03-17
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-01note the nest
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2012-0817
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2012-0817 at 11:00 AM
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Location: Peterborough, ON, CanadaDate: 2013-08-072013 only year to have bloomed so far - ANNUAL in northern garden
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-09-04
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-09-04
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-09-04
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-09-04
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-10-03
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-12-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-08-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-16
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2017-12-05
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2017-12-05
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-01-01
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-05-02
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-08-01
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-07-29
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-03
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-03immature leaf
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2014-09-17
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2014-09-17
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-04-20
By JulieB
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-11-22Sweet Potato Vine, Blackie in combo pot
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-10-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-07-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-07-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-09-20
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-20Seed quite similar to it's relative, the morning glory,
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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on May 26, 2013 8:18 PM

While this is not hardy in my zone 5, I have successfully overwintered cuttings (in water) in the window until spring and then potted them up for another year. This plant has even flowered inside in February while growing in water.

Easy to root cuttings in water.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 29, 2011 7:45 AM

Thrives in sunny, dry spots. Water as needed. A fast grower with an interesting dark color and leaf shape. Also good in pots.

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Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on May 16, 2014 6:25 PM

Last fall I dug it up and potted it but never inserted a label. Over winter it just sat and did nothing and appeared to be a nameless plant without any growth or sign that it was alive. It got water only now and then. Two weeks ago it woke up for spring! I'll bring it outside next week (mid May).

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Posted by MikeD (Liberal, Oregon - Zone 8b) on Jul 7, 2015 1:52 PM

Source for "Georgia Gold Medal" win - http://botgarden.uga.edu/explo...

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Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Jul 23, 2016 12:41 PM

Very attractive to deer!

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