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Wire Vine
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Vines

Unusual New Zealand natives with thin,wiry stems, small leaves, and insignificant flowers. Both of the species below spread by rhizomes, but one is a noninvasive creeper, the other a vigorous climber or sprawler that can overrun other plants.

Muehlenbeckia complexa

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

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