Ipomoeas, more commonly known as Sweet Potato Vine, are beautiful and fast growing vines that provide an easy means of adding color to containers and flower beds. These plants are vigorous and help you add sophisticated color and form to containers and gardens. They are available in several colors and leaf forms.
Ipomoea can be used as an ornamental accent plant to add color and trailing foliage to containers and landscapes. They do great in hanging baskets. Some varieties can be trained to climb up fences and trellises.
Sweet Potato Vines are very low maintenance and are both heat and drought tolerant. Once established the underground tuber retains enough water to get through some dry spells. They will grow in sun or shade. However, the foliage color will not be as bold in the shade. They like moist, well-drained soil and have average to moderate water needs. Be sure to give them plenty of room to grow or they could over power plants close to them. If they get too big, just give them a trim to keep them in control.
Plant in full sun to part sun 24-36″ apart. Grows 6-12″ tall without support and 24-48″ wide. Some varieties can spread out farther and grow taller with support.
We grow Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine in our #4.5″ Premium Annuals, #10 Hanging Basket and #12 Hanging Basket size categories.
In the #4.5 Premium Annuals we carry Blackie, Marguerite (or Margarite), Rusty Red, Solar Power Black Heart and Tri-color.
In our #10 Hanging Baskets we carry Marguerite and a Blackie & Marguerite Mix. Basket images are at the bottom of this page.
In our #12 Hanging Baskets we carry the Camouflage Confetti Garden Ipomoea that is a mix of three colors.
Blackie Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine
Blackie Sweet Potato Vine has dark purple leaves are shaped like a prehistoric three-toed dinosaur footprint. Its leaves start out more green then develop the almost black color as they mature.
Marguerite Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine
Marguerite Sweet Potato Vine has chartreuse, heart-shaped leaves. Marguerite is the most popular color of sweet potato vine because of the bright contrast that it brings to to landscapes and containers.
There are also 3-lobed leaf varieties of the same color that are sometimes sold as Marguerite.
Rusty Red Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine
Rusty Red Sweet Potato Vine has the 3-lobed leaves. Its leaves turn a rusty-red color as the season progresses. Like Blackie the new growth starts out more green and turn rusty as it matures.
Solar Power Black Heart Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine
Solar Power Black Heart has heart-shaped leaves that are dark purple to nearly black. It is a medium vigor variety with good branching that holds it shape well in containers and landscapes.
Tri-color Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine
Tri-color Sweet Potato Vine has lobed leaves with pointed tips. The leaves are predominantly green with white margins and patches of pink and white.
Tri-color Ipomoea has smaller leaves and is not as vigorous as other varieties of sweet potato vines so it won’t take over as much.
#10 Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine Hanging Baskets
In our #10 Baskets we carry Marguerite and a Blackie & Marguerite Mix.