Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), named for its edible cousin, is an ornamental warm-season annual grown for its attractive leaves and vining habit. The foliage lends a tropical feel to the garden and comes in a range of colors and varying forms.
The vigorous vines can reach up to 10 feet long and are most often used as a trailing accent in containers. They can also be used as a ground cover or grown up a trellis. Newer varieties have been bred for disease resistance, a wider range of color and leaf shape, as well as compact sizes that are suitable for containers and small spaces