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Cissus

Vitaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Ground covers, Vines

These relatives of Virginia creeper, Boston ivy, and grape are valued for their foliage; flowers are inconspicuous. Most climb by tendrils, and most will double as groundcovers in mild-winter climates. Easy to grow; not fussy about soil, water, or fertilizer. Prune any time to remove tangled or weak stems or to restrict size. Grown as houseplants, they prefer bright reflected light, moderate water.

Cissus antarctica (photo courtesy of Howard Rice/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)
Cissus antarctica (photo courtesy of Howard Rice/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)

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Cissus antarctica

Native to Australia. Graceful, densely foliaged evergreen vine grows to 10 ft.; is vigorous once established. Glossy, spear-shaped leaves reach 3 1/2 in. long; toothed edges and prominent veins are subtly decorative. In the ground, needs little or no irrigation. Good plant for climbing up or tumbling down—on a trellis, wall, or hillside. Sun or shade.

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