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Marcus, Joseph A.
Matelea reticulata (Engelm. ex Gray) Woods.
Green milkweed vine, Net vein milkvine, Netted milkvine, Pearl milkweed Vine
USDA Symbol: MARE4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
6-12 feet. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
TX Native Habitat:
Thickets on rocky hillsides; found in Bell, Burnet, Palo Pinto, and Parker counties, as well as Brown, Comanche, Eastland, and Johnson counties. Central, south and west Texas. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Cold Tolerant:
Green milkweed vine
is not a bold plant but the green star-shaped flowers with a pearly irridescent center are lovely and curious. Use as a novel woodland-edge garden feature. Blooms best with plenty of sun, but does well in some shade also. The Large interesting seed pod
open up to release silky seed threads and many seeds. Members of the Milkweed family are host to Queen and Monarch butterflies.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0012
Collected May 10, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. BerryNPSOT 0411
Collected May 28, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0109
Collected Apr. 24, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0279
Collected Sept. 19, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-SS-1
Collected 2009-06-17 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: LMD, NPIS