Steve, the organizer for the Food Not Lawns class that I took earlier this year, just posted some information about the Kansas City Sweet Potato Project and the slips that they have available for anyone interested in trying their hand at growing these. If you're in the Kansas City area, go here to find out the pickup times and locations which includes this Saturday afternoon. Even if you didn't place an advance order, they say they have plenty available for everyone.
I'm seriously considering growing the variety called "Black Heart" in the front yard where their vines can cascade over our 4-foot rock wall. Since the trim on our house is black and white, I think it would look pretty cool.
Or maybe "Marguerite" with its gorgeous lime green leaves. Thrives in any conditions and is a great ground cover.
Or check out the "Tricolor". It's a little less vigorous than the others and provides stunningly beautiful landscaping. And it's edible to boot!
Actually, I'd love to plant Black Heart and Tricolor together, because I think it would be stunning in striped row or something similiar to this picture. What do you think?
And did you know....sweet potatoes will store for 1 year without refrigeration? Plant them in June, so now's the time.