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Sweet Potato

Ipomoea batatas

Sweet Potato

Ornamental sweet potatoes are excellent ground covers, trailing 2-5 feet across. Leaf color ranges from dark maroon to chartreuse. Most cultivars offer deeply cut foliage. Sweet potatoes do best in full sun. This is a tender plant that will not overwinter in cold climates. Sweet potatoes root easily and can be carried over the winter by digging and storing the tubers as you would dahlia tubers. New compact cultivars are available.

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