Unfortunately if you go to your local nursery you are unlikely to see many native Illawarra climbers for sale. But the Wollongong Greenplan scheme offers a range of local climbers in tubes and small pots, perfect for planting out into a new or established garden. Here are a few that grow locally.
Old man's beard (Clematis aristata) is a widespread species that grows in along the eastern seaboard from southern Queensland to eastern South Australia. It's a very pretty plant with masses of creamy white four-petalled flowers in spring. You can grow it up a trellis, or up trees, or even free-standing on the ground. It does like a bit of shade. More information on growing old man's beard can be found here. A related clematis, headache vine (Clematis glycinoides), also grows in the Illawarra.
|Two very young self-sown clematis |
(probably headache vine)
|A young wombat berry vine next to some future support|
|Self-sown scrambling lily getting|
established by climbing another plant
For now, here's a challenge. What's this vine? I've heard people call it wonga wonga but I haven't been able to confirm it yet.
Thanks for any ideas!