Syn. Asclepias carnosa, Cynanchum carnosum, Schollia carnosa

Common name: Wax plant, Porcelain flower

Native to: Estern Asia and Australia


Hoya carnosa is a vining succulent that roots along it long, branching stems. In the wild it climbs trees and scrambles over rocks, growing continuously and reaching lengths of 20 feet(6 m) or more. The leaves are smooth, thick and fleshy, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, and paired on opposite sides along the stems. Twenty or more star shaped flowers up to 0.5 inch (1.5 cm) across, typically light pink (but may vary from near-white to dark pink), are borne in pendulous convex clusters, 2 or 3 inches (5 or 8 cm) across. The leaves and the flowers are often described as “waxy”.

Hoya carnosa

  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun

    Flowers: Pendulous convex clusters of waxy, star-shaped flowers, typically light pink, but may vary from near-white to dark pink.

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen, smooth, thik, fleshy leaves

    Growth habit: Climbing and twining

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant, require more humid conditions

    Height: Up to 6 metres

    Spread: Up to 40 cm

    Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched

    Uses: Large structural planting in areas with a lot of space


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