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Matelea biflora (Purple milkweed vine)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Matelea biflora

Matelea biflora (Raf.) Woodson

Purple Milkweed Vine, Star milkvine

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s): Gonolobus biflorus

USDA Symbol: mabi6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Notes: 2-3
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Common throughout the Central Texas in pastures, prairies and open ground; usually in chalky soil.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Trailing vine graced by five-petaled star-shaped deep purplish-brown flowers. The stems of the vine grow from a central rootstock and extend to about 2 feet in length.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0371 Collected May 14, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0658 Collected Jun 12,1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

Additional resources

USDA: Find Matelea biflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Matelea biflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Matelea biflora


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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