Angularfruit Milkvine
Matelea gonocarpos

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Matelea (ma-TEL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: gonocarpos

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Joplin, Missouri

Nashville, North Carolina

Andersonville, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 8, 2013, madisonwoods from Kingston, AR wrote:

I haven't seen anyone in any of the references I've found on this plant mention the smell. When I touched it, the plant exuded a strong odor (not pleasant, but not awful... kind of a musk-spice).

Have any of you noticed this on your plants? The one I've seen is wild, so I don't know if this is common to the entire species or if this is a variation of some sort. It does it if you touch the leaf or stem, forgot to try the flower itself.

Neutral

On Jun 13, 2010, Seelie845 from Vicksburg, MS wrote:

Volunteer twining freely on untended 7-ft. quince; first discovered in fall 2009 by appearance of seedpods; appears to be larger/longer this year. Foliage is nondescript but not ugly, flower petals (5 ea.) are very narrow like skinny stars and grow in loose heads of a dozen or so; they are dun-colored and not showy. Seed pods are very notable and very like those of common milkweed. USDA classes as "threatened" in FL but naturally present in entire SE US. If not invasive, it might be of value to 'naturalizing' gardeners.