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Common Name: Maidenhair Vine
Muehlenbeckia complexa is a Deciduous Climber up to 5.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Australia - Victoria, New South Wales. New Zealand.
Coastal, lowland and lower montane forests, especially marginal, also in open and rocky places in North South and Stewart Islands[
Requires a well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade[
]. Very tolerant of maritime exposure[
This species is hardy to about -5°c[
]. It does not withstand hard frosts, growing very well in south-western Britain but being killed back to the ground by severe frosts at Kew and further north[
A climbing plant that supports itself by twining around other plants etc[
], though it can also support itself and grow more like a shrub[
Polymorphic, there are many sub-species[
A dioecious species - both male and female forms must be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and juicy[
]. Botanically speaking it is actually the swollen flowers that are eaten![
Very salt and wind hardy, it is an excellent plant for clothing wire netting fences in very exposed positions, making a good windbreak hedge[
]. It responds well to trimming and can be grown as a free-standing shrub or hedge[
The plant makes an excellent ground cover when it is grown in a sunny position[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8 cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Pot up in autumn and overwinter in a cold frame. High percentage[
]. Plant out in late spring.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 5 - 10cm with a heel, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage[