Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sweet Potato Flowers

Have you ever seen a sweet potato flower? I guess you have now, but I had never laid my
eyes on one of these purple flowers till I completely neglected a couple sweet potato vines this
past fall.  I've never really liked sweet potatoes, but my wife loves them.  Last August a sweet
potato she bought at the store started to sprout, so instead of throwing it away or composting it,
I planted it.  I didn't think there would be enough time to get any meaningful potatoes from
the resulting plants but why not try.  After watching the vine grow and then slowly start to fade,
a surprise.  Who knew a simple sweet potato would have such a beautiful flower? 
The flowers only last a few days, but they are wonderful.


  1. Very nice! Who knew? Us now. Thanks for sharing!
    Keep up the good work! I've got some Calamondin growing, hope to share soon.

  2. Remind me of Morning Glories!!! Very Pretty!!!!

    1. Sweet Potatos are a member of the Morning Glory family!

  3. Who knew? ..... I guess you did. Thanks for the info.

  4. I have grown sweet potatoes for many years as ornamental vines. I also have used them in the classroom when teaching a plant unit. This year I was shocked to see my sweet potato vine blooming! At first I thought a morning glory found it's way into the planter, but then I realized it was the vine!! There are so many blossoms, I am still amazed!

  5. I had no idea mine were going to bloom either. We had an old sweet potato in the pantry
    that had started to bolt so like any good mad scientist/gardener I planted it.
    Got to love serendipity.


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