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 Photo by Bobby Hattaway,

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Author: Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer, 1818
Origin:   Mexico, SE U.S.A.
Soil:  Rich Drained
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  12 Centimetres
Height:  9 Metres
Flower:   White / Reddish Purple
Propagate: Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Wild Sweet Potato Vine, Wild Potato, Man Root, Man of the Earth, Big Root Morning Glory, Indian Potato, Wild Rhubarb
Synonyms:  Convolvulus panduratus, Carl von Linnaeus, 1753.
Ipomoea ciliolata,
Ipomoea ciliosa,
Pursh, 1813.
Ipomoea schrenkiana,
Peter, 1897.
Convolvulus candicans, Sol. ex Sims.
Ipomoea candicans, Sweet.
Ipomoea pandurata var. candicans, Choisy.
Ipomoea pandurata var. hastata, Chapm.
Ipomoea pandurata f. leviuscula Fernald.
Ipomoea pandurata var. rubescens, Choisy.
Piptostegia pisonis, Mart.

This member of the Convolvulaceae family was given this name by Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer in 1818. It is found in Mexico and south-western U.S.A., growing in a rich and well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to tvelwe centimetres in diameter, 75 centimetres long, the entire plant to nine metres in height. The flowers are white with a reddish purple throat. 

The generic name Ipomoea is derived from the Greek ἴψ, ἰπός; íps, ipós, meaning 'woodworm', and ὅμοιος; hómoios, meaning 'resembling'. It referring to their twining habit. The species name means 'fiddle-like' in reference to leaf shape.