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Q.Is It Possible That My Moon Flower Spontaneously Sprouted A Sweet Potato Vine Out Of Its Base ?

Zone 00805 | Venusmooney added on May 26, 2020 | Answered

We have a beautiful moon flower vine growing upon doing some landscaping noticed that a shoot is coming out from the route base with different leaves we googled the leaves and the traces to a sweet potato vine this is completely coming out of the moon flower vine we are wondering what the relationship between the two plants are and what what caused this to happen

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Answered on May 27, 2020

The Moonflower (depending on which you have) is actually an Ipomoea alba. A Sweet Potato is Ipomoea batatas. They are related. Very closely. Without seeing the flower you could, easily, mistake one for the other.

To me, it looks more like Moonflower than Sweet Potato.

It is not likely that you will be able to get tubers from them, as they don't usually make them. The young leaves are edible when young, though. They can be boiled like greens.

Here is an article for more information on the plant:


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