Hoya Carnosa [Wax plant]

Typically grown indoors as an ornamental plant for appreciation of its alternate, attractively-patterned leaves.

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Botanical name: Hoya Carnosa

Common names: Wax Plant

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Description

Hoya carnosa, commonly called wax plant or honey plant, is a climbing or trailing perennial of the dogbane and milkweed family. It is typically grown as a houseplant. It grows 2-4’ indoors. Trailing stems will climb counterclockwise around the wire or other thin trellis-like structures. Stems will also trail from hanging baskets. Plants feature glossy, elliptic, fleshy, dark green leaves and tight rounded clusters (umbels) of fragrant white summer flowers. Each tiny flower sports a distinctive, star-shaped, red-centered corona. Each cluster may include from 10-30 flowers. Wax plant is native to India, China, and Australia. The genus name honors Thomas Hoy, late 18th-century gardener to the Duke of Northumberland.

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