Ipomoea batatas 'Illusion Midnight Lace'
Sweet Potato Vine
Ipomoea is a great plant to add to any floral environment. Its high versatility makes it a wise choice for hanging baskets or ground coverage. Mix varieties of Ipomoea for unique trellis walls, hanging baskets, patio containers, and window boxes. Combine with other plants in the landscape to create a variety of color, texture, and dimension.
Midnight Lace has dark purple palmate leaves laced with magenta and deeply dissected. This variety is a tuberous perennial that develops into a compact mounding plant. It has a spread of 24-36 inches, requiring a space of 10-12 inches to properly grow, and has an optimal height of 6-10 inches. This eye-catching Ipomoea is perfect for mass planting or ground coverage.
Height: 6-10 Inches
Spread: 24-36 Inches
USDA Zone: Zones 10 - 11
Ipomoea is a compact, warm weather annual and tender perennial, and is commonly known as the sweet potato vine plant. This tender perennial is borne from fleshy tuberous roots and is a vigorous, herbaceous, stubby vines that originate from Central and South America. Members of the Illusion series have deeply cut or sharply lobed leaves with a finer texture than other sweet potato vine selections. Midnight Lace works perfectly in container combinations, hanging baskets, and throughout the landscape as a filler or border crop. It withstands partial sun and looks great alongside most other flowering ornamentals or as an accent plant in tropical gardens.
Illusion Midnight Lace is a well-mounded plant, featuring dark purple palmate leaves. It is commonly used for mass planting, a window box display, or containers. The taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. Ipomoea grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full to partial sun exposure flower. Midnight Lace thrives in the heat, is easy to grow, and will not overcrowd other plants. Midnight Lace will last all season long. A key feature of Illusion Midnight Lace is that it is heat and drought tolerant. This variety also does not require deadheading.
Growing Tips for Homeowners:
As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage is very important. Look for rich chartreuse foliage as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.
After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Ipomoea is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Ipomoea will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.
Illusion Midnight Lace is a low maintenance plant that is heat tolerant. While it has a high tolerance level, water application a few times a week is still recommended, and fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Ipomoea requires a good moisture level but must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.
Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created in flower gardens and landscaping. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Ipomoea, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.
The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant’s leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.
Characteristics & Attributes:
- Great Foliage
- Drought Tolerant
- Heat Tolerant
- No Deadheading
- Ground Cover
- Window Boxes
- Trellis / Wall
- Rock Garden
- Mass Planting
- Hanging Baskets
- Full Sun / Part Sun
- Dark Purple
Season of Interest (Foliage):
- Well Drained