11 Australian Native Climbing Plants and Vines for Your Garden

Native plants are low-maintenance, grow quickly, and thrive in most climates.

Australian native plants are generally easier to grow than exotic species, plus they provide food and shelter for local wildlife and help support our environment.

There are many Australian natives that are perfect for climbing up a fence, trellis, or pergola.

Here are our top picks:

Pandorea pandorana (Wonga Wonga Vine)

Pandorea pandorana Wonga Vine | Native plants
Pandorea pandorana I Photo by John Tann I Flickr (cropped) I CC BY 2.0

Pandorea pandorana is a native Australian vine with creamy white to pink tubular flowers that appear in spring and summer. It’s a member of the Bignoniaceae family.

The Wonga Wonga Vine is hardy and low maintenance and can tolerate drought and soil salinity.

This native vine is a vigorous grower, climbing up to six metres high. It prefers full sun or partial shade.

Billardiera scandens (Apple Berry)

Billardiera scandens Apple Berry | Native plants
Billardiera scandens I Photo by John Tann I Flickr (cropped) I CC BY 2.0

The Apple Berry is a small shrub that can be grown as a native climber. It has white or pink flowers which bloom mostly in spring and summer.

These are followed by elongated fruit which is edible.

It grows in a variety of soils and tolerates light frost. This low-maintenance native plant will attract bees, birds and butterflies to your garden.

Clematis aristata (Old Man’s Beard)

Clematis aristata Old Mans Beard | Native plants
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Clematis aristata is a popular hardy garden plant native to eastern Australia.

A member of the Ranunculaceae family, this climbing plant produces masses of creamy white flowers that appear in spring.

This climber prefers some shade and can be trained on fences and trellis supports.

Hardenbergia violacea (Purple Coral Pea, Native Lilac)

Hardenbergia violacea | Native plants
Hardenbergia violacea (Purple Coral Pea) I Photo by KENPEI I Wikimedia (cropped) I CC BY-SA 3.0

Hardenbergia violacea is an evergreen native climbing plant that has twining stems.

It is a member of the Fabaceae family and is commonly known as Purple Coral Pea, Happy Wanderer, or Native Lilac.

Hardenbergia violacea flowers are pea-shaped and grow in clusters, with colours ranging from light pink to deep purple, and occasionally white.

In spring, they bloom and cover the top of the bush in a stunning display of colour. They’re also perfect for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Did you know?

Many native Australian plants are adapted to low-nutrient soils, especially low in phosphorus.

Over-fertilising, particularly with high phosphorus fertilisers, can harm these plants. It’s best to use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertiliser, specifically formulated for native plants.

We recommend this native fertiliser from Amgrow, designed to promote healthy root growth, lush foliage, and increased flowering, without overwhelming native species.

Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo Vine)

Cissus antarctica Kangaroo Vine | Native plants
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Cissus antarctica, commonly known as the Kangaroo vine, is a woody climbing plant native to Queensland and New South Wales.

It is a vigorous grower that produces small blue-black round berries.

Hardenbergia comptoniana (Native Wisteria)

Hardenbergia comptoniana Native Wisteria | Native plants
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Hardenbergia comptoniana is another vigorous native climbing plant. In fact this variety is considered to be more vigorous than Hardenbergia violacea, featured earlier on our list.

The branches twist around whatever is within reach. This can include the stems of other plants so it can be quite invasive if not kept under control.

This evergreen plant has dark green leaves with pea-like purple blooms that appear from late spring into summer.

Hardenbergia comptoniana can grow in a range of climates but prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade.

Hibbertia scandens (Climbing Guinea Flower, Snake Vine)

Hibbertia scandens | Native plants
Hibbertia scandens I Photo by Karelj I Wikimedia I CC BY-SA 3.0

The Climbing Guinea Flower, or Snake Vine, is a hardy native Australian ground cover or climber. It makes a great feature plant with its beautiful large flowers.

It is a vigorous climber that can reach 1-2 metres in height and 4-5 metres in width. The flowers are large star-shaped and yellow in colour, blooming in spring and summer.

This plant prefers full sun to part shade and is drought tolerant once established. It tolerates light frost as well as soil salinity.

Clematis microphylla (Small Leaved Clematis)

Clematis microphylla Small Leaved Clematis | Native plants
Clematis microphylla I Photo by denisbin I Flickr I CC BY-ND 2.0

Clematis microphylla is a native Australian plant in the Ranunculaceae family. It is a small-leaved climber that can reach up to 4 metres in height and width.

Its star-shaped cream-coloured flowers are up to 4cm across and generally bloom in Spring.

Clematis microphylla grows well in most gardens, and is great for habitat and ornamental purposes.

Kennedia rubicunda (Dusky Coral Pea)

Kennedia rubicunda Dusky Coral Pea | Native plants
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The Kennedia rubicunda is a flowering climbing plant endemic to eastern Australia.

This twining climber grows to 4m in length and has dark red or purple flowers and trifoliate leaves.

Pandorea jasminoides (Bower of Beauty)

Pandorea jasminoides Bower of Beauty | Native plants
Pandorea jasminoides I Photo by Rl I Wikimedia I CC BY-SA 2.5

Also known as the Bower Climber or Bower Vine, this popular native climber has a vigorous, spreading growth habit.

The bower is a tall climber that will clamber up trees, fences and other supports to grow more than 3 metres high. It produces clusters of white or pink trumpet-shaped flowers in Spring.

Kennedia prostrata (Running Postman)

Kennedia prostrata Running Postman | Native plants
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This stunning climber features bright red pea-shaped flowers that appear in summer and winter and beautifully contrast the green leaves.

The Running Postman can be trained as a climber but is also used for low-growing ground cover.

Native Climbing Plant FAQ

What is the fastest growing native climbing plant?

Fast growing native climbers include Hardenbergia comptoniana (Native Lilac), Muehlenbeckia adpressa (Native Sarsaparilla), Cissus Antarctica (Kangaroo Vine), and Kennedia rubicunda (Dusky Coral Pea).

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.


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