The Enchanting Beauty of the Angel Vine Plant

Are you in search of a unique and beautiful houseplant to add to your collection? Look no further than the Angel vine, scientifically known as Muehlenbeckia complexa. Originating from New Zealand, this delicate wiry vine is sure to captivate your attention and add a touch of elegance to any space.

Angel vine plant in white pot

Imagine stumbling upon a picture of an old white urn adorned with lush green foliage online. Instantly, you are drawn to its allure and find yourself compelled to acquire this magnificent plant. When I first came across this captivating vine, I had to know more. Consulting my daughter, she initially mistook it for Peperomia Ruby Cascade. However, we soon discovered that it was the remarkable Muehlenbeckia complexa, commonly known as Angel Vine.

This plant boasts a multitude of common names, including maidenhair vine and creeping wire vine. It’s no surprise given its enchanting vining habit and delicate leaves, resembling that of an ethereal angel. With its versatility and ornamental appeal, this vine is a must-have for any plant lover.

As a relatively new addition to my collection, my Angel vine is already flourishing. Its growth is promising, and I can’t help but dream of finding the perfect old white urn to showcase its exquisite beauty. I’ve even begun keeping a “wish list” for my visits to antique stores, thrift shops, and garage sales, with a large white urn sitting at the top.

Aerial view of angel vine plant

The care of Angel vine indoors is relatively straightforward. Similar to most houseplants, it thrives in indirect light. Placing it near an east-facing window allows it to receive the ideal amount of sunlight. However, in the presence of strong light, such as a bright southern or western-facing window, it is advisable to filter it through a sheer curtain or position the plant further away from the window. This ensures the vine remains healthy and avoids any potential damage.

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Watering the Angel vine is a breeze. While it appreciates humidity, it is not overly particular about it. Simply water the plant when the top layer of soil feels dry to the touch. Ensuring proper drainage is essential, so never let the plant sit in excess water. In my experience, I find that watering every four days keeps my Angel vine looking lush and vibrant. However, individual watering needs may vary depending on factors such as the climate and humidity levels.

Maintenance is relatively minimal when it comes to the Angel vine. Trim as necessary to remove any brown leaves or to shape the vine according to your aesthetic preference. Don’t be afraid to give it a gentle haircut if it starts to appear too leggy.

Close up of leaves and stems of Muehlenbeckia complexa

Currently, my Angel vine resides in its nursery pot, which I have placed inside another white pot. The trailing and vining nature of the plant creates a visually pleasing display. As for the soil, it forms a tight mat of roots, which I keep an eye on. Once the top layer of soil becomes dry, I move the plant to the sink for thorough watering.

Surprisingly, the Angel vine can also thrive outdoors. Residents of warmer climates, such as California, consider it an aggressive ground cover. Even my Zone 6 garden can accommodate this hardy vine, which produces beautiful white flowers during the summer months. Although I have yet to come across Muehlenbeckia complexa at local nurseries, I personally prefer keeping it as a houseplant where I can fully admire its beauty.

However, if the Angel vine exhibits vigorous growth, I might consider propagating it and incorporating it into my garden planters or even creating my own topiary. This captivating plant has quickly become one of my favorites, and I cannot recommend it enough.

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Angel Vine Plant in a white pot

More Beautiful Houseplants:

  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Pelia peperomioides
  • String of Hearts
  • Pothos
  • Monstera deliciosa

Discover the allure of the Angel vine and bring a touch of natural beauty into your home. With its delicate vining habit and enchanting foliage, this plant is sure to become a cherished addition to your indoor garden.

To learn more about the mesmerizing Angel vine and explore other fascinating plant varieties, visit the Ames Farm Center.