Wire Vine

Muehlenbeckia axillaris

Growzone: 6-9

Creeping wire vine makes a good trailing plant indoors. The small, round green leaves appear to grow from a thin, nearly black wiry vine. 

 

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4" $9.95
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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, it 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. 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.

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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, it can be shaped and formed into a topiary or onto a trellis, but normally will just trail and cascade. This plant 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.