Hoya carnosa

Hoya carnosa

Wax flower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Hoya carnosa
  • Common name: Wax flower
  • Plant type: Conservatory

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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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 Hoya carnosa 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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