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Muehlenbeckia complexa, commonly known as Pohuehue or Maidenhair Vine, is a versatile and attractive evergreen vine native to New Zealand. 



  • Growth Habit: Muehlenbeckia complexa is a vigorous, twining vine that can climb and cover large areas, including fences, trellises, and other structures. It can also be grown as a ground cover.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Muehlenbeckia complexa are small, rounded, and glossy, resembling the leaves of the maidenhair fern, hence the common name "Maidenhair Vine." The leaves are usually dark green and may take on reddish or bronze tones in certain conditions.
  • Flowers: This vine produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are greenish-white or cream in color. The flowers are not the main ornamental feature of the plant.
  • Berries: After flowering, Muehlenbeckia complexa may bear small, spherical, and translucent white berries.


Growing Conditions:


  • Sunlight: Muehlenbeckia complexa thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers bright light but can tolerate some shade, especially in hot and sunny climates.
  • Soil: This vine prefers well-draining soil and can grow in various soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils. It can also tolerate slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil pH levels.
  • Watering: Once established, Muehlenbeckia complexa is relatively drought-tolerant. However, regular watering during dry spells will help it thrive and maintain a lush appearance.
  • Temperature: This plant is well-suited for temperate and subtropical climates. It can tolerate light frosts but may require protection in colder regions with harsh winters.
  • Pruning: Pruning can be done to manage the growth of Muehlenbeckia complexa and maintain its shape. It can also be pruned after flowering to encourage bushier growth.


Muehlenbeckia complexa is a popular ornamental vine in gardens and landscaping projects due to its delicate foliage and ability to cover structures and surfaces. Its twining growth habit makes it an excellent choice for creating living screens, adding privacy, or beautifying fences and pergolas. As a native plant to New Zealand, it also provides habitat and food sources for local wildlife. Additionally, it is an excellent choice for erosion control in certain areas.

Muehlenbeckia complexa

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