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”.
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.
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