Yesterday, the lady who I’d given cowslips to a couple of weeks ago came to our Knit and Natter group with gifts of her own.

Now, it turns out that there are many types of Ipomoea, more about which can be found on Wikipedia. Suffice to say that one of these is bindweed. Another is the sweet potato.

Reading through the list of tribes and genera, it seems that what I have is unlikely to be bindweed. However, having acquired ground elder, I’m not keen on another potential headache. So, I am going to practise caution and keep the Ipomoea in a pot until I see its flowers.

On the other hand, I could of course end up with a root vegetable. I think this is actually unlikely, considering root crops hardly flourish in my soil. But let’s see what we get.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Ipomoea

  1. Tabula Rasa says:

    You could also end up with the Vietnamese version that they eat for the leaves like spinach…..probably unlikely though 😜

  2. hmm – yes bindweed is very beautiful but also very invasive. good idea to keep in a pot until you’re sure

    • Helen says:

      Yes, bindweed is beautiful – was quite surprised when I first put the name to the plant. Still, I’ve discovered lots of weeds are actually quite charming.

  3. Does the sweet potato need friable sandy soil to grow?

    • Helen says:

      I don’t know to be honest, though the seedlings – if sweet potato is what they are – aren’t doing too well in the heavy ‘compost’ in their pots. However, my sandy loam soil would probably suit them well 😊

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    It could be ‘Morning Glory’. https://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/seeds/annuals/ipomoea_purpurea_grandpa_otts.htm
    It is an annual and I grew it from seed many years ago. Each plant dies at the first frost but I find seedlings come up every year. They are easy to pull up if you don’t want them but the flowers are so lovely I wouldn’t be without them now. I train mine up a drain pipe. They need full sun.

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