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Ipomoea batatas 'Black Heart'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: batatas (bat-TAT-as) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Heart

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Vines and Climbers

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

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wildbarrett On Sep 25, 2009, wildbarrett from Lakewood, OH wrote:

Beautiful plant, this particular Ohio one actually a very dark purple-black, (quite black) with very dark greenish tinge at edges. (The newer baby leaves are a dark green at first, but not for long). I held the plant 2 months in shade, before planting in full sun. The color has remained identical either place, and plant health as well. It simply grows more robustly and rapidly in full sun, but is just as awesome in a shady spot, which is why I will try to take cuttings as well as dig up the main plant to overwinter can't have too much if you love it! Also, the sunny spot I planted this first Black Heart in was in a small bed raised about 4" off the lawn, bordered by rocks, along a stone wall behind. It mounds and spreads beautifully along the stones and ground, very neat, full, lush, tidy appearance. Spreads in a uniform, full habit, not scraggly. As this was a new bed, I had little to worry about, just enjoy. But do give it some space if planted in this fashion, or be pre[pared to dig up neighbors as it will overtake, albeit gently. Having grown over the sea pinks and the Vintage Wine Echinacea, I find none are the worse for wear, but happily bear their companion's August shading abilities. :) A very useful plant for many situations, with awesome design effects.

I tried 3 types of sweet potato for the first time this season...this is the only one I will plant again, way out rates the other two whose names I cannot recall, apologies, a black finger-leaved type, and a chartreuse green heart shape leaved) This is the top performer for growth habit and stunning good looks in every weather, and situation.

Positive Wingnut On Aug 29, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice trailing plant! Not as dark as Blackie. Has many green-bronze leaves as well as some dark maroon/burgundy/purple ones.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Clayton, California
Merced, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Binghamton, New York
Lakewood, Ohio
Germantown, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Terrell, Texas
Simon, West Virginia

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