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Maidenhair Vine | An Ornamental Plant for Outdoor (and Indoor) Gardens

Maidenhair Vine | An Ornamental Plant for Outdoor (and Indoor) Gardens


By Avenue – Own work, GFDL,

Maidenhair vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa) is a deciduous climbing vine native to New Zealand. It is most notably known for its versatility as a prolific ground cover and screening plant due its rampart but showy growing habits. Hardy in Zones 7-11, it can also be grown in a variety of locations, including salty and windy coastal areas.

The leaves of the maidenhair vine are round and evergreen, with tips that are tinged with dark red undertones. The stems of the leaves range from dark burgundy to black. It produces white flowers from mid summer to early fall that is followed by cream-colored fruit.

Maidenhair vine can be grown from seeds but it’s probably best to propagate it from established cuttings. Maidenhair vine prefers slightly sandy/loamy, moist neutral soil but can survive in heavier soil, if it is well draining. It prefers full sun to partial shade and can grow to 20 to 30 feet with proper vertical support, but makes a stunning ground cover if it receives adequate sunshine. Consistent pruning of established vines is strongly suggested because of its tendency grow quickly, and if left unchecked, it can be invasive.

To keep its growth at bay, potted Maidenhair vines make for beautiful creeping houseplants, allowing you to bring its stunning presence to a window sill or other bright spot.





  1. tonytomeo
    June 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Oh my; in some situations on the coast, this can become quite a weed. It is no problem in chaparral climates just a few miles farther inland, but really gets going in coastal climates.

  2. Sarah Welch
    November 9, 2020 at 12:24 am


    1. The Editors of Garden Variety
      March 6, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Sarah 🙂

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