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propagating perennials: Muehlenbeckia axillaris-Creeping Wire Vine
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Muehlenbeckia axillaris-Creeping Wire Vine

Propagating Muehlenbeckia or Creeping Wire Vine can be difficult because of its smallish leaves however since it creeps along the ground and is invasive, pruning off rooted stems and transplanting in the fall but do not plant amongst other perennials because it will smother everything in its path. Generally it is used to retain slopes and not for show because its flowers are insignificant and because it mounds, like hammocks, it wouldn’t be good to plant in between flagstone, tripping, although it will take foot traffic and should be mown to encourage thicker growth in the spring. It is only hardy and evergreen in warmer zones, but read some varieties will take frost. It reaches a height of 2"-4" and is deer resistant. It can also be used as a screen because it will climb up wire fencing but do not plant around wood structures, because it will raise havoc like ivy.

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