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Muehlenbeckia

Wire Vine
Polygonaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Vines

Unusual New Zealand natives with thin, wiry stems, small leaves, and insignificant flowers.

Muehlenbeckia complexa

Twining vine that can climb to 20–30 ft. or more; sprawls in the absence of support. Used as a groundcover, spreads over a 30-ft.-wide area. Forms a dense tangle of thin black or brown stems. Light green leaves are 1/2–3/4 in. long, variable in shape—may be oval, rounded, fiddle shaped. Good for beach planting or as a screen. Curb growth by shearing or cutting back as much as desired; the plant will regrow vigorously.

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