Re: [gardeners] Ornamental Sweet Potato

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (
Mon, 15 Nov 1999 20:39:27 -0500

Hi y'all,
I realized that I'm way late joining this thread on the ornamental
sweet potato, but I also had an ipomoea "Blacky" which I planted
in a new flower bed that I had finished in the front yard this
spring.   This plant has grown to cover most of the flower
bed which is 40'x 15'.  It sort of just grew over and around
many of the other plants that I had put in there, rooting itself
as it ran along, surviving the drought, then the flood that washed
holes in the bed as it was the loose soil away to a depth of
a foot or more in some places.   This fall, I found a bright
yellow Mum blooming with it's bright yellow flowers shinig
through the much darker foliage of the potato vine.  It was
striking with the taller elephant ears in the background
and the bright yellow above the purple black of the potato.
A nice accident that happened this year.  :-)

Coastal Carolina

> Marie, I have my plant tag in front of me -- it says ipomoea
> batatas 'Blacky' with a price of $4.99 for a sturdy growing
> cascading plant. Came from the local regular garden nursery.
>  >>
>Thanks for the tip...I sure will start looking in my local Garden Centers.
>Right now, we are enjoyng the *eating* type of Sweet Potato we harvested
>the garden. Got around 2 bushels, red skinned type. Think they are Red
>Marie (upstae S.C.)