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PlantFiles: Ornamental Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine
Ipomoea batatas 'Ace of Spades'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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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6 positives
4 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Aug 12, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great as a bedding plant, we use as a filler for large beds, can take a whacking and keep on growing strong. Have to put down something for the slug-gos here they love to munch the foilage.

Neutral darylmitchell On Jan 18, 2010, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

This is good if you need a plant for dark purple or almost black foliage. It contrasts well with other brightly coloured foliage or flowers. However mine didn't grow very much - it had more of a mounding habit than trailing. Perhaps the growing season is too short or just doesn't get hot enough where I am. It seemed rather humdrum compared to other sweet potato vines I've grown.

Positive corky59 On Mar 9, 2006, corky59 from Lakeland, FL wrote:

I love it. Grows well here in Centeral Fl. Frozen down to the ground under a big tree. Hit it w/ the weed whacker and Voila-- it's back. Ideal for a shady bare spot. Cork

Negative Ken_In_Dallas On Mar 9, 2006, Ken_In_Dallas from Dallas, TX wrote:

Great plant, especially the yellow/lime green variety. I think these should be grown in containers or window boxes, though. I've never seen anything take over a garden like these! I was expecting to find pod people developing under the foliage!

Neutral Carren On Oct 4, 2005, Carren from Cave Creek, AZ wrote:

Bought plant in August as a vegetable for vegetable garden. It is now taking over! Beautiful foliage but are there sweet potatoes in the ground? If not, it will go into a pot for it's foliage and give back valuable space.

Positive ranch45 On Aug 9, 2003, ranch45 from Interlachen, FL wrote:

I purchased this plant at our local "Ace Hardware", because of the beautiful color and shape of the leaves.

About a week later, I read somewhere that you can actually start this plant from a sweet potato; place in water and when the roots come out, cut off the top portion of the sweet potato (as it will be mushy) and plant in soil.

Mine seems to be losing some of its' leaves now, but I am going to try rooting it for the greenhouse; hopefully I will have a few new plants for next year!

PS I have also seen this plant in green, but it is not as pretty.

Positive suncatcheracres On Aug 8, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I have grown this plant in pots--it looks great cascading from a large pot with colorful coleus--but have just discovered it will overwinter in the ground here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, if the roots are protected by mulch. A friend just gave me some cuttings from a plant she planted in the ground well over a year ago that survived through our coldest winter in over a 100 years. This Spring it came back and is now a wonderfully rambling groundcover. I just planted my rooted cuttings with cannas and lilies. A great plant.

Positive City_Sylvia On Aug 8, 2003, City_Sylvia from Dallas, TX wrote:

Ipomoea is an awesome plant. An absolute must in my courtyard. It looks wonderful running all over other plants. I recently planted some in with my black elephant ears, its beautiful! It grows as an annual in Dallas, Texas (U.S.)

I can't always find it to purchase, so I cut the stems and root them to take inside to over winter. Its the fastest-rooting plant I know of. I have never seen it flower though (but it doesn't need to flower.)

Positive Junebug313 On Aug 7, 2003, Junebug313 from Mondovi, WI wrote:

This is the 2nd year I have planted this vine. I have it on a retaining wall and it accents it beautifully. I took clippings in over the winter and planted them back outside in the spring. I will never be without this plant in my beds again.

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

Similar to 'Black Heart', but darker.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Unique dark, deeply lobed foliage. Grows as a vine. Plant about 12" apart.


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

Irvington, Alabama
Cave Creek, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Bigelow, Arkansas
Strawberry, Arkansas
San Juan Capistrano, California
Bradenton, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Interlachen, Florida
Old Town, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Ewing, Kentucky
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Roswell, New Mexico
Averill Park, New York
Rowland, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Edmond, Oklahoma
Prosperity, South Carolina
Cookeville, Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
College Station, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Longview, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Augustine, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Sandy, Utah
Fairfax, Virginia
Federal Way, Washington
Mondovi, Wisconsin

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