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Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'

Family Name: Convolvulaceae
Common Name: Margarita Sweet Potato Vine, Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Fruit & Vegetable Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Climber, Vine and Liana Woody Creeper Creeper


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana, Shrub (Trailing, Creeper)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Irregular
Maximum Height 0.1 m to 0.3 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 1.8 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Creeping and trailing herbaceous shrub with running stems, spreads indefinitely if allowed to creep along ground surface. Typically 0.2m tall if unsupported, but may climb up to 1.2m with help of a trellis.
Foliage Leaves lobed and somewhat heart-shaped, bright vivid yellow when exposed to full sun, and greenish-yellow in partial shade. Young leaves have reddish margins.
Flowers Trumpet-shaped, resembling morning glory, with delicate pinkish petals, fairly large but not conspicuous amongst yellow foliage. Flowers usually not produced in Singapore, unless under prolonged hot and dry conditions.
Fruits Not observed, as this cultivar is thought to be sterile.
Others - Plant Morphology Ethymology: May be known in the trade under a few cultivar name variations, such as 'Margarite', 'Marguerite' or 'Marguerita', but Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) accepts only 'Margarita' as correct cultivar name. Genus epithet 'Ipomoea' means "resembling a worm", a reference to the twinning habit of the plants in this genus. Species epithet 'batatas' derived from vernacular Caribbean name for sweet potato.
Cultivation Likes well-drained soils and more water during the establishment period. Propagate by stem cuttings or underground tubers. Night beetles may eat round holes in foliage.
Ethnobotanical Uses Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
[Others]: Tubers are edible, but not as tasty as those produced by Ipomoea batatas cultivars used as food crop.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Waterlogged Soils (Drains Site), Easy to Grow, Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Container Planting, General, Flowerbed / Border
Thematic Landscaping Golden Garden, Economic Garden, Naturalistic Garden
SGMP Treatment
Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.