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Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Purple'

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Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: batatas (bat-TAT-as) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Caroline Purple
Additional cultivar information: (PP14912, Sweet Caroline series)
Hybridized by Pecota/Yencho/Pierce; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive VAgardens On Jun 15, 2011, VAgardens from Williamsburg, VA wrote:

I love this quick-spreading plant and have grown them for years. This year is the first time I have seen flowers! They are only blooming on one of the plants (I planted 6). Why do some flower and some do not? Can I do something to encourage blooms? All the plants receive morning shade and afternoon sun.

Positive tchb On Dec 18, 2010, tchb from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

Started with one in a potted arrangement. Runners hit the soil. New tubers formed at almost every leaf junction. Frosts and freezes to the soil line in central Florida (zone 8b), but starts growing again when soil warms. Fills in rough areas rapidly in just a couple years. Easy to establish. Grows quickly and may not stay inside garden bounds. More of a runner than a climber.

Positive grrrlgeek On Sep 13, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very nice consistently dark purple leaves, pretty purple flowers, although they're not carried much above the leaves and each only lasts a day. The only one of the 4 cultivars I have to flower, and today it has 5 or 6 on it. It's in morning and midday sun that's somewhat dappled and seems to love it. I'm going to try to keep the tuber from this one.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Little Rock, Arkansas
Fort Myers, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Grayslake, Illinois



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