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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. 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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