Illusion Emerald Lace Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas 'Ncornsp012emlc' ILLUSION EMERALD LACE)
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Deciduous Perennial (usually grown as an annual near you) Vine in the Convolvulaceae Family

About Sweet Potato Vine

While we wouldn’t recommend eating this particular member of the Sweet Potato fam, Sweet Potato Vine can bring a deliciously tropical feel to your garden and comes in a huge range of colors, shapes and textures.

This vigorous annual ornamental vine is most commonly used as a “spiller” trailing accent in a container or planted to trail over a low wall or in a window box.

She can be found in colors including deep burgundy, purple, and nearly black to chartreuse, light green, and a pale pink, green and white tricolor.

Her leaf shape can vary from heart-shaped to lobed to lacy adding a unique texture to plantings.


High-impact trailing accent

Huge variety of colors, shapes and textures

Newer varieties are disease-resistant



This plant is probably not winter-hardy outdoors where you live.

Plant Data

Mature Size 6 - 12 inches tall. 8 - 10 feet wide.
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 9a - 11b (Usually hardy to 20° F)
Tags Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Deciduous, Edibles, Full Sun, Full Sun, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Medium, Medium, Perennial, Shade Tolerant, Spillers, Tender Perennial, Vine
Bloom Period Rarely flowers
Foliage Color

Photos of This with...

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Pricing and Availability History

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We try very hard to source exactly what you’d like, but sometimes growers run out of plants! While this variety is a great deal at the price shown, we know that it has limited availability. If you want the plant even if it might be more expensive, or in a different size or quantity -- after you place your order, just send us a quick note at Then, we’ll try to get you some version of this from one of our growers. And if we can’t get it from anywhere, of course, we’ll send a refund!

Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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