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Matelea carolinensis

Carolina Milk Vine
One of our more unusual and captivating vines.
Price Code: 
$7.50/qt.
Status: 
Available in September

This 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.

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