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'Sweet Caroline Red' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas

  • Hardy Zones
    • 11 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 6 - 16 Inches
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'Sweet Caroline Red' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
Part Sun to Sun 6 - 16

Features

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

Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
6 - 16 Inches
Trails Up To: 
30 Inches
Spacing: 
10 - 12 Inches
Spread: 
36 - 48 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Red
Foliage Shade: 
Red
Habit: 
Trailing
Container Role: 
Spiller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
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 (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"

"A Real Simple magazine - Top 10 goofproof Plant"

'Sweet Caroline Red' Ipomoea batatas USPP 17,483, Can 2,976
  • Grat filler for bedding, pretty and colorful to mix with the green version of this. Very hearty healthy drought and sun tolerant has been my experience

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jenni Love
    Texas
    United States
    7 years ago
  • Great plant with unusual color. Survived last year's unusually hard freeze in Palm Coast Florida after we had 3 nights of temps in the high 20s

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Tony
    Florida
    United States
    7 years ago
  • planted, fertilized,watered grew in the sun in a 10" pot
    will plant next spring 2009

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    pat ryband
    Illinois
    United States
    7 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2010 top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Late Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Late Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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