Muehlenbeckia complexa is a vigorous small-leaved shrub from New Zealand which forms a dense wiry mat with its many interlacing branches and tiny foliage. Its scrambling habit makes it ideal to train up a wall or fence, tumble free-form in sunny corners or up old trees, logs or rocks or to train into more exotic shapes and topiaries. The dark reddish-brown tangle of stems is an attractive contrast to the bright glossy green of the leaves. It has smallish greenish-white flowers in the late summer and tiny white berries but it is for its round foliage and lacy rambling habit that it is primarily grown. It makes an ideal planting contrast with larger leaved-plants or combined with similarly loose-textured plants like ferns. It is hardy in the warmer parts of the UK, often losing or partially losing its foliage in the colder winters and should be fleeced if the weather gets too cold.
|Calacinum complexum, Polygonum camptianum, Polygonum complexum, Polygonum comptonianum, Polygonum rotundifolium, Sarcogonum complexum
|Full sun, tolerating a little shade. Moist well-drained soil. Sheltered south-facing aspect is ideal
|2-3m. Shape and trim as needed
|Hardy in the south but may need protection with fleece during severe cold spells or further north
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