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Necklace Vine

Muehlenbeckia complexa

Also known as

Maidenhair Vine, Wire Vine, Mattress Vine, Australian Ivy, Australian Maidenhair Vine, Wire Plant, Lacy Wirevine

Starr 070906-8442 Muehlenbeckia complexa by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Some green leaves of a Muehlenbeckia complexa plannt
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Necklace Vine Overview

Muehlenbeckia complexa is a deciduous climbing species that produces slim, interlaced stems which bear small rounded/heart-shaped/oblong, dark green leaves. With a climbing or trailing habit - up to 4m in height - it makes a great houseplant! Flowers are non-showy, coloured green, and these appear in the summer and autumn. They are followed by shiny, white fruits. Outside, where it is warm enough, Muehlenbeckia complexa can be grown in a sheltered position of full sun or partial shade. It needs well-draining soil and will need support if growing as a climber. It is especially useful for covering banks and slopes. Among other names, it is also know as Necklace Vine and Australian Ivy.

How to propagate Necklace Vine


In summer, ideally with some bottom heat.

Special features of Necklace Vine

Ground cover

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Necklace Vine

Suitable for coastal conditions.