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Sweet Potato
Ipomoea batatus

Sweet Potato 'Ace of Spades' and 'Margarita'
Sweet Potato 'Ace of Spades' and 'Margarita'
Vigorous, rapidly growing groundcover/vine. Used for the colorful foliage that ranges from burgundy to chartreuse. Likes the heat.  
Full sun, moist well-drained soil. 

Large Vigorous Cultivars

  • ‘Margarita’ (a.k.a. ‘Marguerite’, ‘Margarite’, or ‘Sulfur’)
  • ‘Blackie’
  • ‘Ace of Spades’
  • ‘Black Heart’

Compact Cultivars

  • ‘Illusion’ series
  • ‘Sweet Caroline’ series
  • ‘Sweet Caroline Sweetheart’ series
  • ‘Tricolor’ (‘Pink Frost’)
Mature Height
6-12 Inches
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Japanese beetles
Additional Notes
Very vigorous plant that will spread great distances or hang quite a ways from hanging baskets. Good as a ground cover or in large containers.


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic