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Proven Accents® Blackie Sweet Potato Vine

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Ships Week of 5/16/22

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  • Height 4-10 Inches
  • Width 48-60 Inches
  • Use as a spiller when using in containers

If you are looking for drama in the landscape, look no further than Blackie Sweet Potato Vine. With its stunning dark purple, almost black cascading foliage, this vine is an award winner and a sure showstopper. Growing to a mature height of 10 inches and a whopping spread of 60 or more inches, this vine covers a lot of ground. From spring to first frost this plant performs. Blackie is very heat tolerant and is grown in USDA hardiness zones 9-11.

Blackie Sweet Potato Vine has a vigorous growth rate with a trailing habit. This easy care vine is heat and drought tolerant. The foliage is heart-shaped and lobed and the vine does produce trumpet-shaped lavender to pale purple flowers, but plants are grown for their stunning foliage. Use as a border plant, groundcover and in mass plantings in the landscape. Blackie adds texture and foliage interest to any planting. In a mixed planting container, it can be used as a spiller, but its vigorous growth may overwhelm other plants. Also grows well in hanging baskets and window boxes and in all sorts of other combinations.

Proven Accents® Blackie Sweet Potato Vine Care

Blackie Sweet Potato Vine is an easy care, low maintenance vine. It performs well in full to partial sun. It has an average water use and tolerates most any soil type. An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular water-soluble liquid fertilizer on plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance. Tired looking plants can be rejuvenated with an overall trim with pruning shears back or to keep the shape you prefer.

They can be grown as indoor plants in high light areas and will perform well in containers on patios and porches. Foliage is gorgeous all year round.

Proven Accents® Blackie Sweet Potato Vine Spacing

Blackie Sweet Potato Vine is medium height groundcover that reaches 10 inches in height and trails over 70 inches. Spacing should be 24 inches in landscape beds. In containers, space 18-24 inches apart.

Proven Accents® Blackie Sweet Potato Vine Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 11
Flower Color(s): Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Purple
Foliage Description: Black/Purple
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height Class: Short
Height: 4-10 Inches
Spread: 48-60 Inches
Spacing: 18-24 Inches
Habit: Trailing
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Container Role: Spiller
Use Types: Combinations, Container, Hanging Baskets, Landscape
Features: Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'
Common Name: Proven Accents® Blackie Sweet Potato Vine
Other Name(s):
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Selections

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.