Muehlenbeckia complexa

Scientific name: Muehlenbeckia complexa

Synonym: Muehlenbeckia axillaris


Common names: “Wire vine” “maidenhair vine” “Australian ivy” “necklace vine”
“wire plant” “mattress vine”

Plant Type: Evergreen or deciduous vine or shrub


Zone: 8-10

Light: Full sun – semi-shade

Exposure: Sheltered from cold winter winds, handles seaside

Soil: Moderately fertile, prefers less clay

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: 10-30′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: A dense masses of slender, wiry, much interlaced stem with small, dark green leaves

Flower: Greenish white flowers, borne in small terminal and axillary spikes in autumn, followed by white waxy fruits enclosing a black nutlet on female plantsImage result for muehlenbeckia complexa

Pruning: Cut back to maintain shape and size, can be pruned hard

Maintenance: Low – medium, shallow roots are relatively easy to pull if it spreads

Landscape use: Containers, banks and slopes, coastal cottage, informal garden, groundcover

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: New Zealand native, Dioecious, can take over the garden if not contained

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