Ornamental Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine
Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Bronze'

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 Bronze
Additional cultivar information:(PP15437, Sweet Caroline series, aka Sweet Carolina Bronze)
Hybridized by Pecota/Yencho/Pierce
Registered or introduced: 2002

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

Regional

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

Huntsville, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Clayton, California

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Grayslake, Illinois

Chalmette, Louisiana

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Picayune, Mississippi

Pequannock, New Jersey

Wilmington, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Schulter, Oklahoma

Scio, Oregon

Manchester, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Cookeville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 20, 2008, GardenofEdie from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

My beautiful sweet potato vine is planted in a pot now, but I am wanting to try two in the ground....I would plant them in a courtyard totally surrounded by a house. One area will get full sun and another area will be in the shade. Both areas will be up against the house. I'm trying to come up with a plant (for either side of this courtyard entry walkway) that will do well in sun and in shade. I was hoping to get symmetry on either side of this walkway,....but the sun on one side and shade on the other side, is hard to work with.

Positive

On Sep 13, 2007, sundevilcass from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

gorgeous, bright lime green turns to deep maroon purple. Mature leaves retain lime coloration on margins. Very heat tolerant-the only container garden plant left in heat of Phoenix summer along with Portulaca. Leaves wilt significantly when thirsty (1 1/2 days no water in 100d F) but quickly bounces back to beauty; tolerant of mild winters in Phoenix, AZ. The little quart or pint size plant I started with is now a huge viney-shrub with thick red woody root stems. A real sweetie!

Positive

On May 3, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this vine's coloring, though I can see how some people might think it looks like a sickly "Blackie". Not as vigorous as Blackie. Unlike Blackie, it dies back and doesn't return so I need to overwinter cuttings. Also, it's still fairly hard to get in my area.

Positive

On Aug 15, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Very pretty foliage, but much less vigorous than some of the more common cultivars.