Angle-pod, Oldfield Milkvine

Matelea decipiens

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


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


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Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Jasper, Arkansas

Lead Hill, Arkansas

Maumelle, Arkansas

Norcross, Georgia

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Claremore, Oklahoma

Clarks Hill, South Carolina

Jacksonville, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 13, 2013, skirby8 from Clarks Hill, SC wrote:

I discovered this plant at the cleared edge of our woods in the shade. It took me quite awhile to identify it, but because it was so interesting I continued to watch it for two years. Last fall I collected two seed pods and I am in the process of starting them inside for later transplant.


On Jun 1, 2005, ionfemme from Cape Girardeau, MO wrote:

Angle-pod is a really unusual and beautiful little vine. I especially love the flowers which resemble a witch hazel flower but it is dark maroon in color and the scent is of a very strong vanilla . However, it can be fragile and picky about the amount of water it recieves. Good drainage and not allowing the soil to dry out in the high summer temperatures is a must. Also I have had a lot of trouble keeping the rabbits and birds from eating it to the ground in the spring. I put a clear plastic dome over it until it reaches about 10 inches. I highly recommend this vine for it's uniqueness and wonderful fragrance!!