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Wax Plant

Hoya carnosa

Also known as

Hindu Rope Plant, Wax plant, Honey plant, Wax flower

NKN-2007-06-13 114250 Hoya Carnosa (Yvan Leduc author for Wikipedia) by Yvan leduc (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Wax Plant Overview

Hoya carnosa is also known by the name Wax Plant, amongst other common names. It is a climbing vine species in the Apocynaceae family, that produces thick, waxy leaves. Hoya blooms are among the most exquisite blooms in creation! The white/pale pink star-shaped blooms look almost unreal - they resemble porcelain flowers - and have a delicate fragrance at night. They are often grown indoors as house plants and like a bright humid environment. They are originally from the tropics where they grow in trees. They are fast-growing and respond well to pruning.

Common problems with Wax Plant

Mealy bugs may be a problem when grown indoors.

How to harvest Wax Plant

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Wax Plant


Take 7cm stem tip cuttings in spring, they should include at least 1 pair of leaves. Hoyas will root easily in moist potting mix.


Air-layering can be done in spring or summer


Special features of Wax Plant

Indoor plant

Bright indirect light year-round is needed, some direct sun is fine, but shade plants from harsh summer sun, which can scorch foliage. Hoyas will live in low light, but will not bloom.

Pot plant

Hoyas like an open potting medium that allows some air to get to the roots. Typical mixes include large-grade drainage material such as perlite, pumice, or ceramic balls.

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Wax Plant

Hanging basket, indoors, greenhouse


Grown as ornamental plants both indoors and outdoors.

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