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Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie' /Blackie Sweet Potato Vine

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'   / Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'
Dark, nearly black foliage is a striking feature of this sweet potato vine used in hanging baskets
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Dark, nearly black foliage is a striking feature of this sweet potato vine used in hanging baskets

A ground cover planting in mid summer at the Hammond Experiment Station near Hammond, LA

Two cultivars of the ornamental sweet potato vine, the dark purple blackie and the more common chartreuse marguerita cultivar

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Scientific Name: Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'
Common Name: Blackie Sweet Potato Vine
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: Ornamental sweet potato vines grow best in full sun where they get ample water. There are a number of varieties with various colors, sizes and shapes of leaves. They are killed back to the ground with a frost, but in the lower zones they come back from the roots the following spring. They can spread over a wide area and are good as ground covers and are used in hanging baskets