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Ipomoea acuminata 'Rosemary Verey' (4/5)

ht: 25 ft. possible in one season
fc: violet
infl: clustered flowers give a different look from I. tricolor and I. purpurea
fq: hundreds of flowers per plant are possible
prop: cutting grown as it sets no seeds. Therefore large strong, floriferous plants can be set out.
or: Rosemary Verey, UK
so: Plantsmen.com (online catalog 2005)

Ipomoea alba 'Giant White' = Calonyction aculeatum 'Giant White'

fc: white
fd: larger than species typical
ns: this white morning glory is correctly assigned to another genus.

Ipomoea andersonii

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JC Raulston Arboretum. Fall 2003. This new, rare species has a quality of thick, durable flower not seen in the more familiar set of vining hybrids. The pink shades are very sophisticated and nice. The pale, fig-shaped foliage is quite different. We'd recommend this for special collections but suggest it needs some more breeding for popular use.

 

Ipomoea batatas 'Ace of Spades'

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ls: spade-like to broadly cordiform (heart-shaped)
lc: dark purple to dark green becoming green with extreme age. It is generally not as
lc: "black" as 'Blackie' in our experience.

Ipomoea batatas 'Black Beauty'

ls: cordiform
lc: dark blackish-brown
or: Dr. Dan Lineberger as sport of 'Blackie'
eval: it should be trialed with 'Ace of Spades' to improve taxonomic separation. One report
eval: suggested they are not very distinct if at all.

Ipomoea batatas 'Black Heart' = 'Black Beauty'?

ls: cordiform (heart-shaped)
lc: dark blackisk-purple
id: 'Black Beauty', 'Ace of Spades', and 'Black Heart' have been impossible to separate to
id: date. Please send us any details if you can distinquish them.

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie' ('Black leaved' in part)

ht: 12 in. tall x 12 FEET wide - or larger.
st: deep purple
ls: deeply cut, palmate with 5 lobes, occasionally with one or two more lobes. The terminal
ls: (central) lobe is often broadly obovate to elliptic.
la: sometimes abruptly acute to acuminate
lc: dark blackish-purple, often purplish-brown above and more purple below. It only has a
lc: black effect from a distance and then often in contrast to 'Marguerite'.
ns: it should not surprise anyone in this day and age that this cultivar name has been
ns: called racially offensive.

Ipomoea batatas 'Emerald and Gold'

ns: a listed name.

Ipomoea batatas 'Goldie' = 'Marguerite'

 

Ipomoea batatas 'Ivory Jewel'

ls: cordiform and fluted
lc: green splashed lime, cream, light green, and white. Veins often ivory.
or: Doug Lohman
so:
Glasshouse Works - members have issued a consumer alert for this source - order at own risk.

Ipomoea batatas 'Ivory Tower'

lc: mottled green and white
ns: probably an error for 'Ivory Jewel'?

Ipomoea batatas 'Kniola's Purple-Black' (6/02)

lc: blackish-purple, the darkest cultivar by some reports.
ns: there is a strain of I. purpurea under this name with dark blackish-purple flowers! We're trying to sort out
ns: which of the sources are confused.

Ipomoea batatas 'Lady Fingers'

ht: 20cm
st: dark burgundy red, contrasting well with the leaf color
ls: lobes narrow, elongated, finger-like
lc: medium green, often with burgundy veins below.
so:
Ball Seed

Ipomoea batatas 'Little Blackie'

ns: a listed name and likely an error for 'Blackie'. There is no evidence to date (2001) that
ns: a littler or smaller version of the clone exists.

Ipomoea batatas 'Marguerita' = 'Marguerite'

 

Ipomoea batatas 'Marguerite' ('Marguerita', 'Sulphur', )

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Atlanta Botanical Garden. Summer 2003. There are thousands of possible combinations to photograph for this clone. This one at ABG was particularly nice as the entity was allowed to trail and also for the texture of the palm trunk.
Mrs. Marguerite (and yes the beverage version of the name is wrong) usually finds the company of neon pink petunias - was there an article someplace that I missed and every designer and landscaper in the country saw? The two colors "work" as they say but it's so trailerpark and shopping mall-chic by now. Take two bright dayglo plants that are impossible to kill and make them buddies. Now that's great, creative horticulture for sure. Fortunately the ABG had the sense to work in more interesting plants and a group of palms.

Frankly, I've come to like the lime vine on it's own. The following picture serves well...

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Maymont Estate and Gardens, Richmond VA USA. Summer 2004. A big, fat, unadulterated spread of the glowing sweet potato doing duty as a hedge. It takes that nasty, hot Richmond sun with a "can I have more"
attitude and not a disease spore in sight. (Occasionally the odd pack of Japanese beetles blasts the clone full of holes but it visually holds from a distance). Overplanted, cheap, and common? Yes. Anything better in the role?
Not yet. LCH.

ls: quite variable, ranging from broadly cordiform (heart-shaped) to 3 lobed, occasionally
ls: 5-lobed but never as deeply cut as 'Blackie' or 'Lady Fingers'. The blades are often
ls: shallowly lobed with a pleasant subtle undulation.
ll: 6-8 in. long
lc: golden chartreuse in intense sun, occasionally bleaching in dry hot areas. Usually less
lc: light makes it lime green more like 'Terrace Lime'.

Ipomoea batatas 'Pink Frost' ('Tricolor')

ha: the slowest of the popular ornamental cultivars, and easy overwhelmed by some of them
ha: if interplanted.
lc: light greyish green margined pink to white. Tricolored at one time.
ns: the name 'Tricolor' has been traced to India in the 1980's. As a Latin term it would have
ns: to have been validly published prior to 1959 to remain in use.

Ipomoea batatas 'Sulphur' or 'Sulfur' = 'Marguerite'

 

Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Bright Green' (6/02)
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ha: not overly invasive as is a problem with 'Marquerite' in longer, warmer climates.
lc: bright yellow-green
ls: deeply incised
or: North Carolina State University before 2002

Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Bronze' (6/02)

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'Sweet Caroline Bronze' is one of the newest colors in the ornamental cultivars. Note the intriquing color combinations with the pinkish stone and blue-green plant to the upper left. Possibilities with silvers and dark greens are also promising.

lc: reddish-bronze new growth becoming golden-bronze, distinctly red-veined at all times.
ls: deeply incised
or: North Carolina State University before 2002

Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Green' (6/02)

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Kilgore Hall, North Carolina State University. Summer 2003. This cultivar mixed and blended with 'Sweet Caroline Bronze'.

lc: medium matte green, contrasting well with chartreuse, bronze, or purple cultivars
ls: deeply incised
or: North Carolina State University before 2002

Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Light Green' = 'Sweet Caroline Bright Green'

ns: already a misnomer has occured and the clone was just out this year (2002)!

Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Purple' (6/02)

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The perfect duo of Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Purple' and 'Sweet Caroline Bright Green' used for contrast with each other in alternating patches. Both have a more incised a blade than the more familiar combo of 'Blackie' and 'Marquerite'. The chartreuse clone is not so rampant as 'Marquerite' but it did require a couple of fierce prunings to keep it off the grass. That said, 'Marquerite' would have been half way into the next county in the same time. The irridescence of the purple is something wonderful and hard to capture well on film. 'Sweet Caroline Bright Green' has a subtle tendency for a thin red margin on the very youngest of leaves - that is a nice, pretty tough.

There are minor holes from what we presume are beetles but from more than 5 five distance this is no real flaw. The bright green does bleach in full, 100 degree sun just a bit but you can live with it.

These skilled designers through in a few dozen "wild type" (small-flowered) magenta petunias for interest among the 110 linear feet of the sweet potatoes encircling this corporate office island. While swamped, one only wants a little of their color and not the garish mess of chartreuse and pink so often seen. LCH

ha: not as invasive as 'Blackie' and thus more suitable in small containers.
lc: purplish-green, veined red, becoming green tinged purple or red.
ls: deeply incised
or: North Carolina State University before 2002

Ipomoea batatas TERRACE LIME™

ha: reportedly denser than 'Marguerite' in similar conditions.
lc: chartreuse to lime green, generally less gold in sun than 'Marguerite' but this is not a
lc: reliable identification trait due to variable growing conditions.
in: Suntory, Japan
prop: by tissue color, giving more stability than 'Marguerite' which is usually cutting grown.

Ipomoea batatas 'Tricolor' = 'Pink Frost'

 

Ipomoea batatas 'Vardaman'

st: maroon
ls: cordiform (heart-shaped)
lc: purple tinted becoming murky dark green
frc: tubers orange
so:
Glasshouse Works

Ipomoea x hederacea 'Roman Candy'

fc: cerise and white bicolor
lc: mottled green and white, very showy
ns: T&M say it is the same as 'Minibar Rose' but this is not confirmed.

Ipomoea hirsuta 'Mini Sky-blue'

ht: 4-6 ft. - a dwarf, smaller climber suitable for smaller spots
fc: light blue
in: Thompson and Morgan before 1998

Ipomoea imperialis 'Chocolate'

fc: near chocolate brown
ns: this cultivar name as also been used for an I. nil strain.

Ipomoea indica 'Morning Face'

ns: a listed name in the RHS PLANT FINDER 2002. "morning face" is a common name for the genus in Japan.

Ipomoea 'Lavender Rosette'

fc: lavender
aw: AAS 1940

Ipomoea luteola 'Sunspots' (4/5)

ht: 4 ft.
fc: orange with yellow center
ft: corolla tubular
in: Sahin 2002
so: Plantsmen.com (online catalog 2005)

Ipomoea nil

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AAS Trials, JC Raulston Arboretum. Summer 2003.

 

Ipomoea nil [acuminate leaf gene]

la: leaf apices are more sharply pointed. It is different from the [maple gene] which is usually sharp as well.

Ipomoea nil 'Beni-chidori'

ha: miniature plant and flower
fd: 3.0cm
lu: these tiny plants and flowers are much appreciated in Japan where Asagao or morning glory clubs are common.

Ipomoea nil 'Blue Silk'

fc: light white, white picotee, white throat

Ipomoea nil 'Botan Purple'

fc: reddish-purple
ft: full double
prop: by cuttings since it is seedless

Ipomoea nil 'Botan White'

fc: white
ft: full double
prop: by cuttings since it is seedless

Ipomoea nil 'Cameo Elegance' (2/03)

ht: 5 ft.
fc: magenta-rose, large white throat area or center, bicolor effect
fd: 2.0 in.
lc: mottled white
in, so:
Burpee.com (online catalog 2003)

Ipomoea nil 'Chocolate'

fc: light reddish-brown, an odd but nice color
ns: this may be the same as I. imperalis 'Chocolate'.

Ipomoea nil [cordate leaf gene]

ls: produced leaves cordiform or heart-shaped.

Ipomoea nil 'Cornell'

fc: reddish-magenta, white picotee
or: said to be an heirloom variety, presumably from Cornell University?

Ipomoea nil [crepe gene]

ft: flowers have a crepe-like, rough, textured surface. Can be very showy in some colors.

Ipomoea nil 'Dai'

fc: light blue-gray, an odd but pleasant shade
ft: "candlestick" type flower center
lt: crepe-type leaf

Ipomoea nil [dragonfly gene]

ns: this gene known from genetic work by Dr. Yoneda gives a unique floral appearance.

Ipomoea nil 'Early Call'

fc: mixed colors in strain, all with white tube
bt: blooms 3-4 weeks earlier than most other strains from seed
aw: AAS 1970

Ipomoea nil [feathered gene]

ft: corolla lobes highly cut and ornately feathered. It is quite distinct from [willow gene].

Ipomoea nil  Good Morning Series (3/5)

ha: compact, less vining
lc: mottled white
ns: cultivar is assigned here by us based on the reported habit and leaf variegation
in, so: Ballseed.com (online catalog 2005)
fd: 7.0-10.0 cm
fc, cultivars: all with white picotee (margins) and white throat. Four reported base colors:

Ipomoea nil 'Kikyo'

fc: lavender-purple, thin white picotee
ft: corolla lobes very pointed, star-like

Ipomoea nil [maple gene]

ls: leaves are deeply incised, maple-liked and more pointed much like I. batatas.

Ipomoea nil 'Minibar Rose'

fc: rose-red, white throat
ns: T&M list this as a synonym of I. x hederacea 'Roman Candy' but descriptions in catalogs vary between them.

Ipomoea nil 'Mount Fuji' ('Mt. Fuji')

fc: mixed colors in strain, all with white star-like center
fd: 4-6 in.
lc: mottled white to silver

Ipomoea nil 'Platycodon-flowered'

fc: white
ft: semi-double, Platycodon-like, star-shaped in shape.
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Ipomoea nil [rayed gene]

ft: produces a unique, ray-like floral pattern.

Ipomoea nil [retracted gene]

ft: produces a retracted flower color pattern where the base color is like a notch inside the picotee.

Ipomoea nil 'Scarlet Star'

fc: medium cerise red, white star

Ipomoea nil 'Shidare'

ha: weeping or trailing - IT DOES NOT CLIMB
fc: lavender-purple

Ipomoea nil [speckled allele]

fc: adds speckling to plants carrying this trait.

Ipomoea nil 'Spice Islands'

lc: mottled white and green.

Ipomoea nil 'Sun Smile'

ha: dwarf, compact
fc: magenta, white picotee, white throat
fd: 8.0cm

Ipomoea nil 'Tie-Dye'

fc: purple swirled with white as if tie-dyed
fd: 4-6 in.
lc: mottled white to silver

Ipomoea nil [willow gene]

ft: corolla lobes are deeply incised to 80% deep. Apices of the these lobes have numerous fringes or sharp points.

Ipomoea nil 'Wine & Roses'

ns: a listed name.

Ipomoea nil 'Yanagi-ba'

fc: white
ft: willow allele type with corolla lobes highly incised and deeply cut.

Ipomoea pennata 'Relli Valley'

ns: a listed name from the trade. Description needed. This is probably a strain of I. quamoclit which I. pennata
ns: normally represents.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Crimson Rambler'

fc: reddish-violet, white throat. It is not a true crimson red which is found in other cultivars
fd: 2-3 in.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott'

fc: dark velvety purple, distinct red star or bars in center. Very nice contrast and a stunning flower.
or: Bavaria. Named for the originator's grandfather.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Hige'

fc: magenta pink
ft: double, corolla highly feathered and incised.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Kniola's Purple-black'

fc: dark blackish-purple
ns: there is a clone of I. batatas with black foliage sold under this name. We're trying to sort these confusion out.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Small Blue'

fc: rich blue
fd: smaller diameter for a finer-texture in the landscape.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Split Personality' (2/4)

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AAS Trials, JC Raulston Arboretum. Summer 2003. This split corolla mutation has been known academically for years. To our knowledge, this is the first commercial exploitation of it. Similar mutations occurs in Ipomoea nil (Willow and Feathered genes) and are prized in Japan.

fc: bright magenta pink, large white center to about 50% of petal surface
ft: petals split or lobed to about 40% of depth.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Star of Yelta'

fc: purple with a rich silky sheen

Ipomoea 'Sunrise Serenade'  (3/5)

ha: vining
fc: cherry red, white center
ft: double, slightly undulate margins
fd: 6.0-7.0cm wide
in, so: Ballseed.com (online catalog 2005)

Ipomoea tricolor 'Blue Star'

fc: white, light blue that is subtle but very stunning
aw: AAS 1949

Ipomoea 'Quebra Plata'

ns: listed in the RHS HORTICULTURAL DATABASE 2002.

Ipomoea tricolor 'Cardinal'

fc: clear red

Ipomoea tricolor 'Clarke's Early Heavenly Blue'

fc: light blue
bt: earlier blooming from seed.
ns: there is some dispute of whether this is a selected strain of the original 'Heavenly Blue' or essentially the
ns: same thing.

Ipomoea tricolor 'Flying Saucers'

fc: blue to purple, white star center
in: Decker 1960

Ipomoea tricolor 'Heavenly Blue'

fc: light blue, a nearly perfect color.
eval: this is the best known of all cultivars of vining morning glories.

Ipomoea tricolor 'Imperial'

ha: vigorous plants, blooming and climbing very freely. They can take over a porch in no time!
fc: mixed strain in blue, white, or pink shades
fd: larger than species typical

Ipomoea tricolor 'Pearly Gates'

fc: white, often with a satin-like or pearly sheen
aw: AAS 1942

Ipomoea tricolor 'Roman Candy' = see I. x hederacea 'Roman Candy'

 

Ipomoea tricolor 'Sapphire Cross'

fc: blue, white star center

Ipomoea tricolor 'Scarlet O'hara'

fc: scarlet red, white throat
aw: AAS 1939

Ipomoea tricolor 'Summer Skies'

fc: light blue

Ipomoea tricolor 'Wedding Bells'

fc: bright rose-lavender
in: Decker 1962

Ipomoea 'Yohiro' (I. nil x I. purpurea)

fc: magenta, white picotee, white star-like wheel from the throat all the way to the picotee
or: Dr. Yoneda, Japan, the famous morning-glory geneticist.