Wild Potato Vine (Ipomoea pandurata) in the Morning Glories Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 10 - 15 ft
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: White with purplish-red throat.
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds
Days to germinate: 7 - 21 days
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Start indoors
Other info: Transplant carefully; roots resent being disturbed.
Propagation: Other methods: Layering


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 21, 2013 12:07 PM

Man-Of-The-Earth Vine is a native perennial here in Florida and found in the central and northern parts of the state. This vine has a deep, vertical root that grows to 6 feet in length and can weigh as much as 30 pounds, hence the common name "Man of the Earth". Another common name for this plant is "Wild Potato Vine", so named because of its tuberous, starchy root, which is said to be edible after cooking, with a purported taste (although bitter) similar to that of a sweet potato. The vine can attain heights to 15 feet and has variable, mostly heart-shaped leaves that are 4 to 6 inches long and are attached to a smooth or sparsely short-haired stem. Flowers are 2 to 6 inches wide and long, composed of 5 petals fused together, forming a funnel shape. The flowers are white with pink-purplish throat. The fruit is a round green capsule that turns brown at maturity and contains 4 dark brown to black seeds with long stiff hairs.

This vine is found growing in habitats of dry to moist soils, disturbed sites, open woodlands, forest margins, and along river banks.

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