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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 , Arizona Tempe, Arizona Bigelow, Arkansas Strawberry, Arkansas San Juan Capistrano, California Bayshore Gardens, Florida Bithlo, Florida Clearwater, Florida Haverhill, Florida Interlachen, Florida Old Town, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Rockledge, Florida Ewing, Kentucky Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi Roswell, New Mexico Averill Park, New York Bayshore, North Carolina Elrod, North Carolina Edmond, Oklahoma Prosperity, South Carolina Algood, Tennessee Hendersonville, Tennessee Lafayette, Tennessee Lenoir City, Tennessee Tusculum, Tennessee Cloverleaf, Texas College Station, Texas Dallas, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Houston, Texas Longview, Texas Richmond, Texas San Augustine, Texas Spring Branch, Texas White City, Utah Fairfax, Virginia Federal Way, Washington Mondovi, Wisconsin