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Hoya lanceolata 'subsp. bella'

Wax flower

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Plant type

Conservatory climber

Flower colour






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photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (14861)

Plant details

The wax flower is one of Anne Swithinbank's favourite houseplants. This pendent shrub bears clusters of sweetly-scented, star-shaped, white flowers in summer. The fleshy leaves are rich green and up to 3cm (1 1/4in) long. Found growing wild from the Himalayas to North Burma, it needs a minimum temperature of 10C (50F). Grow in John Innes No 2 compost with added bark and keep spray reguarly to keep the humidity up. Water freely and feed monthly when in growth. Reduce the watering in winter but keep the compost moist. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Genus: Hoya

Species: lanceolata

Cultivar: subsp. bella

Plant type: Conservatory climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

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