Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine) i-po-MEE-ah
Ipomoea, aka Sweet Potato Vine, is named for its edible cousin and is an ornamental, warm-season annual grown for its attractive leaves and vining habit. The foliage lends a tropical feel to the garden and comes in a range of colors and varying forms. Plants have a mounding, trailing habit, with foliage in shades of chartreuse, gold, bronze, brown, red, purple and nearly black. Leaves are heart-shaped, lacy or deeply lobed, similar to maple, ivy or philodendron. Color is richest in full sun. Plant in late spring or early summer when all danger of frost is past. Temperatures below 55 degrees can delay growth. One of the most versatile plants around, you can grow sweet potato vine in sun or shade and in container gardens, landscapes or garden beds and borders. Because its beauty comes from the foliage, you can enjoy sweet potato vine all season long without worrying about whether it’s going to go in and out of bloom.