Ipomoea batatas
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Ipomoea batatas

sweet potato

  family convolvulaceae 
  genus ipomoea 

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Genus  Ipomoea Species  batatas Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sweet potato Family  CONVOLVULACEAE Specimen number  S9245 Data source  UnVeg p309
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 23 Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Ipomoea batatas likes full sun to partial shade.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is sweet and starchy. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in Ipomoea batatas include: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. For even more, see the full list of nutritional values. Sweet potato is most commonly used cooked.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Sprawling Crop spacing  1' 6" Row spacing  3' Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Apr 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  late summer to early fall
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin C   Calcium   Iron   Magnesium Edible parts  Tubers Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  sweet and starchy
Horticulture notes  April is normally the best time to begin planting. Provide 1' 6" spacing when grown in quantity. Space rows about 3' apart. It requires warm days for good production. The best harvesting period is late summer to early fall. Propagation of Ipomoea batatas can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ipomoea batatas is a perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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