Native plants for wetlands, fields or forests and an eclectic mix of other botanic delights

Matelea carolinensis

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Available in September
Carolina Milk Vine
One of our more unusual and captivating vines.
Mature Size:
' Height /
' Spread
Expected Size:
Light Preference:
Part Sun
Soil Preference:
Moist (Mesic)
$16.50/1 qt.; some larger
$5.50/4" pot

Matelea carolinensis is a great vine for growing on a tuteur, or trellis, or just let it scamper along over an embankment.  The flower has a maroon, milkweed-like corolla, and because it dies back to the ground every winter, it remains very well behaved, staying just where you put it, and not invading every corner of your yard, as some more aggressive vines are known to do.  It emerges late in the spring as a fuzzy little clump of sprouts, to become pubescent, heart-shaped leaves along a delicate viney stem.  The maroon flowers bloom in July - August, usually pollinated by monarchs and a variety of other lepidopterans.

It is in the in the family Apocynaceae (dogbane family) and known by the common names maroon Carolina Milkvine and Carolina Anglepod. It is native to the southeastern United States (from Maryland to Texas), where it grows in open deciduous woods and stream banks. It is a perennial twining vine forb/herb with milky sap and 5 to 10 cm heart-shaped leaves.

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Prices listed are subject to change, based upon size change and availability.

We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

We have some species that are not listed, as we have too few of them to make a full listing plausible. You can always inquire.

We will consider contract growing an order with appropriate advance notice and availability of seed, cuttings or lining out stock.

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