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Tricolor Wire Vine

Muehlenbeckia axillaris 'Tricolor'

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Tricolor Wire Vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris 'Tricolor') at Town And Country Gardens

Tricolor Wire Vine foliage

Tricolor Wire Vine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Tricolor Wire Grass

Description:

An unusual creeper with a dense fine texture, producing a spreading mat of wiry stems clothed in tiny glossy leaves that are green, white, and pink; flowers are not showy; great in the rock garden or as a small groundcover

Ornamental Features

Tricolor Wire Vine has attractive white-variegated green foliage with hints of pink. The tiny glossy round leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Tricolor Wire Vine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Tricolor Wire Vine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tricolor Wire Vine will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Tricolor Wire Vine makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in most areas of east Idaho. Please contact us for more information.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.