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A vigorous and dense climber that can also be grown as a ground cover, it is tough and reliable. A true climber supporting itself by tendrils. Prefer diffused sunshine to partial shade. Long lived and fast growing can be trimmed right back in spring if the become to large. An easy to grow plant and will not require special attention.

Ornamental Purposes: Cissus antarctica is prized for its attractive foliage, which features glossy, dark green leaves with serrated edges. It is often cultivated as an ornamental vine in gardens, parks, and indoor spaces, where it adds a touch of lush greenery and visual interest.

Erosion Control: Due to its vigorous growth habit and ability to form dense ground cover, Cissus antarctica is sometimes used for erosion control purposes. Its sprawling vines help stabilize soil on slopes and embankments, reducing the risk of erosion caused by water runoff and wind.

Habitat Restoration: Kangaroo Vine plays a role in habitat restoration efforts, particularly in areas where native vegetation has been degraded or lost. Its ability to establish quickly and provide cover for soil helps to create favorable conditions for the regeneration of native plant species and the restoration of natural ecosystems.

Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage of Cissus antarctica provides habitat and shelter for various wildlife species, including birds, insects, and small mammals. It contributes to biodiversity by supporting a diverse range of fauna within its ecosystem.

Cultural Significance: In addition to its practical uses, Kangaroo Vine holds cultural significance for Indigenous Australian communities, who have traditional knowledge and practices associated with its use. It may feature in stories, ceremonies, and cultural rituals that celebrate the connection between people and the natural environment.

Overall, Cissus antarctica serves both practical and cultural purposes, contributing to landscaping, conservation, and traditional medicine practices while enhancing biodiversity and ecological resilience in its native habitat.

Height 0.3 - 4m Width 0.5- 6m

Flowers - Cream

Flowering time - Spring

Tolerates light frosts, Maybe grown indoors or outside.

Bush food: Edible berry eaten raw, fruits stewed, larger vines yield fresh water when cut.

Bush medicine: The fruit has astringent properties and was used as a gargle for sore throats. The raw tuber was eaten as a source of food but also as a preventative, or curative, to combat internal complaints such as dysentery and diarrhoea.