A picture of a Fishtail Hoya

Fishtail Hoya

Hoya polyneura

Also known as

Wax Flower, Porcelain Flower

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Fishtail Hoya

A Hoya polyneura plant
A close up of a green Hoya polyneura plant

Fishtail Hoya Overview

Hoya polyneura is a tender evergreen succulent perennial with a trailing habit. This species is from the Apocynaceae family, it is epiphytic and thus grows without the need for soil substrate. Commonly known as Fishtail Hoya after the vining, fishbone-veined, succulent, green leaves. It produces fragrant, waxy, cream-red, 5-petalled flowers with a contrasting eye, held in pendant umbels. Frequently grown as glasshouse specimens and as houseplants due to their tenderness, but they can be grown outside in sheltered positions and mild climates. If grown under glass, use loam-based compost mixed with equal parts, added bark, charcoal, leaf mould and sharp sand. Prefers placement in bright filtered light to minor sun. Water freely while in growth and apply a balanced liquid feed once a month. Allow the pot to dry out thoroughly between watering.

Common problems with Fishtail Hoya

How to propagate Fishtail Hoya

Layering

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Fishtail Hoya

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Fishtail Hoya

This plants suit being grown in wall side borders as well as containers within conservatories or greenhouses.