Hoya carnosa R. Brown

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Grandma's waxplant, the most common of them all. Hoya carnosa is a tolerant and reliable plant that has been in collection since the 19th century. Fast grower that can easily be placed in a hanging basket or be allowed to climb up trellis.

There are several varieties of Hoya carnosa and leaves can be solid green or covered with silver flecks. Color of the flowers can vary from creme or almost white to pink.

Hoya carnosa is very easy to root and grow. Soil or water doesn't seem to matter. It will root just about everywhere. I've had a Hoya carnosa that rooted into the wood panel wall. Tolerates drought as well as low temperatures. I've heard that it can actullay survive short periods of frost. It will however look nicest if keept in bright light, but not burning sunlight, and get water regularly.

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Information and photos of variations in Hoya carnosa in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya carnosa in my collection
Light, but no sunlight

Likes light but should not be exposed to sunlight. A protected window facing west is good.

Slightly moist

Tolerates some drought but should not be allowed to run completely dry.


Cool growing species. Tolerates longer periods of temperatures just below 10°C. Does not like to be exposed to temperatures above 25°C for any longer period.

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Section: Hoya

Origin: China

Author: R. Brown

Publication: Mem. Wern. Soc. Vol. 1, s.27 (1809)


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