The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae.
Yam is the common name for some species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae).
Although the softer, orange variety is often called a yam in parts of North America, the sweet potato is botanically very distinct from the other vegetable called a yam, which is native to Africa and Asia and belongs to the monocot family Dioscoreaceae. To prevent confusion, the United States Department of Agriculture requires sweet potatoes labeled as "yams" to be labeled also as "sweet potatoes".
lil hodgins wrote:i love sweet potatoes, but I have never grown them.....would love some tips on how to do it and what they like growing with??? also can i just buy them from the shop and plant them ? I have no idea where else i could buy them here in south west france......yams i have never tasted !
Denise Lehtinen wrote:Yams... the real ones that climb trees and reproduce via air pods are one of the many invasive species in Florida.
That is to say...not only do they grow here, they grow too well here.
Denise Lehtinen wrote:(BTW, I do not speak Suomi. My grandmother was suomalainen. Lehtinen was her mother's maiden name.)