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Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'

Sweet Potato Vine

Blackie grows deep purple, nearly black five-lobed leaves that spread, vine and add great contrast color everywhere it grows. Ipomoea, commonly referred to as Sweet Potato Vine, is a tender perennial and a greenery favorite. Ipomoea produces a variety of boldly colored foliage, ranging from green, variegated and deepest, darkest purple, nearing black. Its colors will come to life through early Spring, Summer and Fall, right up until the first frost. Ipomoea is desired most for its vivid foliage, rapid vigorous growth, heat tolerance, and trailing/vining growth habit for landscape, beds, baskets and containers. Ipomoea is great for early Spring through Fall and Winter in mild climates with vibrant colors to brighten up any container or landscape. They mound to about 6-12”, then spread, vine and climb nearly as far as you will let them! 

Height

6-8 Inches

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Spread

12-36 Inches

Homeowner Growing
& Maintenance Tips

Ipomoea prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. It grows best in fertile, well drained soil. 

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Interesting Notes

  • Looks great in containers, beds, along borders and in mass plantings.
  • Adds rich color to any mixed plantings

 

USDA Hardiness Zone 10-13

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Great Companions

Sweet Potato Vine Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita')
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Sun Coleus Sun Coleus (Coleus 'Solar Sunrise')

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Attributes
Edging
Rock Garden
Border or Bed
Focal Point
Climbing
Great Foliage
Container
Ground Cover
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Purchase Size(s):
Rescape
1801 (4")
4.5"
Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Almost Black
Purple
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
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