Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato Vine)

Botanical Information

CategoryAnnuals, Bulbs, Tropicals
OriginNative to Indonesia.


USDA Hardiness Zone9 - 11
USDA Hardiness Ref.
Canadian Hardiness ZoneRequires cool season protection under glass.
Canada Hardiness Ref.
RHS Hardiness ZoneH1c - H4
RHS Hardiness Ref.
Temperature (°C)-7 - 10
Temperature (°F)20 - 50
Height0.2 - 0.3 m
Spread2.4 - 3 m
Flowering PeriodMay, June, July, August, September

Description and Growing Information

LandscapeVegetable garden and ornamental usage.
CultivationEasily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Consistently moist soils are best.
PestsFungal leaf diseases, thrips and flea beetles.
Leaf DescriptionHeart-shape, in a variety of colours such as dark green, light green and purple.
Flower DescriptionPink to violet in colour with trumpet-shaped petals.
Fruit DescriptionEdible tubes that taste like potatoes, hence the name.