Ipomoea batatas

Sweet potato

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Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Maxine Adcock, copyright GAP Photos (110489)

Plant details

Sweet potato is an easily grown plant, requiring full sun and well drained soil. It is not frost hardy, needing warm temperatures for growth. A scrambling or climbing plant, when the stems lay along the soil they will root and form tubers.

Family: Convolvulaceae

Genus: Ipomoea

Species: batatas

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

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