Hoya carnosa

Wax flower

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Key information

Plant type

Conservatory climber

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

Hoya carnosa

Plant details

Known as the wax flower, Hoya is a genus of plants native to Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands. Hoya carnosa bears clusters of night-scented, star-shaped, white flowers in contrast with fleshy dark green leaves up to 8cm long. The wax flower needs a minimum temperature of 10°C to thrive. For best results, grow in containers of compost with added bark, and spray with water regularly to increase humidity. Water freely and feed monthly when in growth. Reduce watering in winter but keep the compost moist.

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Genus: Hoya

Species: carnosa

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

Flowering period: May to September


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