In our test garden, we had plenty of people stop and ask questions about this variety, it's such a unique and eye-catching plant. The dramatic dark leaves will look beautiful in combination annual planters. It looks especially beautiful with pale pinks, reds and violets. In hot and humid places it makes a great ground cover, it will grow in a snap, and reseed freely. The flowers are stunning in their unique trumpet form and pale purple hues that accentuate the leaves' purple tones. And these blooms will keep coming all summer long. Technically there will be some tubers you can harvest and eat, they're just very starchy and not as sweet as the commercial varieties. Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'
Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'
Sun Exposure:Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Height/Habit:8 - 12 inches
Planting Instructions:Incorporate organic matter into the soil to give plants a good environment to perform in.
Winter Care:Not winter hardy.
Flower Form:Flowers are not usually produced except in the deep south. Grown for the decorative foliage.
Foliage Type:Lobed leaves, from a central point, usually 5 lobes, 2-5" across.
Pruning:None unless you want to control vining length.
Soil Requirement:Prefers well drained soil
Additional Information:In fall, the edible 'sweet potato' tubers can be harvested.
Restricted States:AE AK AR GU HI MD MS PR SC
When will my order ship?
Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below: