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Muehlenbeckia complexa (Australian ivy)

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Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Ultimate height
6m
Max height
Ultimate spread
Ultimate spread
6m
Max spread
Time to maturity
Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name: Muehlenbeckia complexa

Other names: Australian ivy, Mattress vine, Wire vine, Muehlenbeckia axillaris

Genus: Muehlenbeckia Muehlenbeckia

Species: M. complexa - M. complexa is a tender, vigorous, deciduous creeping shrub or twining climber with round, dark green leaves and racemes of small greenish-white flowers in summer, followed by fleshy, white fruit.


Muehlenbeckia complexa is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

Habit: Spreading, Trailing

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids Aphids

Specific diseases: Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Pruning: Cut back to desired shape or to contain - plant recovers rapidly. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

Muehlenbeckia complexa (Australian ivy) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 6m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises, Containers, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Prefers full sun with some midday shade. Shelter from cold drying winds. A mulch over the root stock ensures survival in a bad winter.

Soil type: Loamy, Chalky

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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Botanical name: Muehlenbeckia complexa

Other names: Australian ivy, Mattress vine, Wire vine, Muehlenbeckia axillaris

Genus: Muehlenbeckia Muehlenbeckia

Species: M. complexa - M. complexa is a tender, vigorous, deciduous creeping shrub or twining climber with round, dark green leaves and racemes of small greenish-white flowers in summer, followed by fleshy, white fruit.


Muehlenbeckia complexa is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

Habit: Spreading, Trailing

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids

Specific diseases: Leaf spot

General care

Pruning: Cut back to desired shape or to contain - plant recovers rapidly. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Muehlenbeckia complexa (Australian ivy) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 6m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises, Containers, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Prefers full sun with some midday shade. Shelter from cold drying winds. A mulch over the root stock ensures survival in a bad winter.

Soil type: Loamy, Chalky

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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