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

Minden, Louisiana

Starkville, Mississippi

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Claremore, Oklahoma

Clarks Hill, South Carolina

Jacksonville, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 19, 2017, Lizawren from Minden, LA wrote:

I found this plant while walking in the woods near my home. The big heart-shaped leaves and dark purple flowers intrigued me, and eventually I found out it was Matalea decipiens. I'll be keeping an eye on it to see if any butterfly larva are attracted to it. Looking forward to seeing the seed pods, too.


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!!