Dark green dime sized leaves appear to be along a wiry black stem.
Creeping wire vine makes a good trailing plant indoors. The small, round green leaves appear to grow from a thin, nearly black wiry vine. Wire Vine is available as a perennial in zones 6 through 9, but also makes an excellent houseplant. Where hardy, wire vine makes a great groundcover, returning year after year and flowering with a small, white flower that appears in between the leaves and foliage. Indoors, the plant can be shaped into a topiary, or left to trail and cascade out of the container. They could be paired with a more upright plant like Croton or Snake Plant, which can both handle bright indirect or bright direct light with similar watering requirements.
Growing Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 4″ – 6″
Mature Width: 12″+
Classification: Green Foliage
Sunlight: Bright direct light indoors to full sun outdoors
Flower Color: White
Foliage: Dark green, shiny
Soil Condition: Anywhere from rocky to potting mix
Water Require: Can dry out or stay consistently moist
Uses: Does well inside or outside with minimal care
Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Wire Vine is a fantastic ground cover or plant for rock gardens where hardy. It does not require much water, and can persists in a wide variety of light conditions from dappled shade to full sun. The small white flower shows up between the leaves of the foliage, and typically appears in the first year the plant is in the ground. Wire Vine makes an excellent topiary, and takes well to pruning and shaping. Pruning helps to keep the plant more compact and bushy, encouraging more branching.
Indoors, Wire Vine makes a pretty low maintenance houseplant. Wire vine does well with bright indirect or direct light for several hours. With more light, the plants will need to be watered more often. Luckily, these plants can dry out occasionally as well. They do not need high humidity, but would not mind it either. Wire Vine takes well to pruning, and will stay more compact. Sometimes, these plants can be coaxed to flower inside, but chances of flowering are better outdoors.
Light Requirement of Wire Vine:
Wire Vine prefers bright, direct light, but will tolerate some bright, indirect light as well. A western or southern window would be best, but plants could handle eastern exposure. Outdoors, it can be grown in full shade to full sun. It will require some bright light to flower.
Watering Wire Vine:
These plants can dry out and stay fairly dry, but do like to be watered occasionally when being transplanted or before established. Indoors, they prefer to stay on the dryer side, which discourages root rot or other fungal problems. Thankfully, these plants are very forgiving.
Fertilizing Wire Vine:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Wire Vine. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. Any of these fertilizers may be used when planting Wire Vine.
Best Growing Soil for Wire Vine:
Wire Vine is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, but likes to stay on the dryer side. Outdoors the plant is suited as a ground cover or does well in rock gardens, where it can handle drought conditions.
History and introduction of Wire Vine:
Wire Vine is native to New Zealand, Australia, and Tasmania. The plant forms a natural mat or ground cover, and produces small white flowers along the stem. Following the flower is a very small, dark colored berry. The plant is unlikely to flower or produce fruit indoors. As it takes well to pruning, Wire Vine can be shaped and formed into a topiary or onto a trellis, but normally will just trail and cascade. Wire Vine produces underground stolons, which make it easy to propagate from cuttings.
Muhlenbergia axillaris is the Latin name for Wire Vine. Named for Gotthilf Henry Ernest Muhlenberg, 19th century American botanist and Lutheran minister in Pennsylvania, the second part means in the leaf axils, likely referring to the flower and small fruit produced.