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Can anybody help me identify this plant? I bought two of them at a car boot sale. They are about 6 inches high and there is a lilac coloured flower on one of them.




You'll need to get a closer shot Peter, with a plain background - the leaves "disappear" against that hedge and we (or at least, I ) can't see the flower clearly enough.

31 Jul, 2010


I agree Beattie

31 Jul, 2010


Not very often these flower, they must be starved! Its Ipomea batatas 'Blackie'

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31 Jul, 2010


Thanks My photography leaves a lot to be desired. But I think Ipomea could be right. Sorry to be so thick but what does starved mean, Thirsty or needing a feed?

31 Jul, 2010


Yes, hungry and needing a feed.

Talking of hungry, as these are the Sweet Potato, if they have formed tubers on the roots by the end of the year you can eat them!

31 Jul, 2010


Fantastic! I'm amazed that you could ID them Fractal & impressed by the combination of the flowers and leaves. There's more on growing them here -

Good spotting at the car boot Peter! One of my fave places to pick up plants.

31 Jul, 2010

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