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Wax Plant

Hoya spp.

Wax Plant Plant Features

If you're looking for an exotic indoor plant that's very easy to grow, take a look at wax plant. This unique houseplant is a vine (but don't worry; it's not a fast-growing one!) that has thick, waxy leaves and clusters of star-shaped waxy flowers. It's among the most tolerant of all houseplants.

Wax plant is often sold in hanging baskets, but its lanky stems will trail from tall containers such as urns, too. Or, if you want to grow it upright, supply a trellis or totem and let wax plant supply vertical interest to your home or office.

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Wax Plant Growing Instructions

Grow wax plant in low, medium, or bright light. It tolerates low and medium light, but doesn't typically bloom in these conditions. Like most flowering houseplants, the more light wax plant gets, the more flowers it will produce.

Water wax plant when the potting mix dries out. Don't worry if you forget to water it once or twice --- wax plant doesn't mind. It thick leaves and stems help the plant store water for cases just like that. 

Wax plant doesn't require a lot of fertilizer, but you can fertilize your wax plant if you want it to bloom better. Use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and follow the directions on the packaging.

Note: Wax plant is not meant for human or animal consumption. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Low light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Green, Variegated

  • Water

    Low water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air
    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Wax Plant with these varieties:
Dog Tail Cactus
Dog tail cactus is an interesting and lovely accent to wax plant.

Pothos is exceptionally easy to grow and is a lovely houseplant companion for wax plant.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Hoya tsangii Bilobata Wax Plant

Hoya tsangii

One of the smallest wax plants, bilobata has little green leaves often flushed with red. This flowering houseplant has little clusters of reddish-purple flowers on and off throughout the year.

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Hoya brevialata Brevialata Wax Plant

Hoya brevialata

Showing off rounded leaves, brevialata wax plant also has charming red-and-white flowers that are fragrant.

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Hoya polyneura Fishtail Wax Plant

Hoya polyneura

Lovely for its foliage, fishtail wax plant has lovely fan-shaped leaves. If it gets enough light, it can produce fragrant red-and-white flowers.

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Hoya linearis Linear Wax Plant

Hoya linearis

Linear wax plant is an unusual houseplant with grassy leaves and clusters of fragrant yellow-and-white flowers.

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Hoya lacunosa Mini Waxleaf

Hoya lacunosa

Mini waxleaf has small, shiny leaves and wonderfully fragrant white flowers.

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Hoya kentiana Narrow-Leaf Wax Plant

Hoya kentiana

We love narrow-leaf wax plant's fun texture; the long, narrow leaves are fun!

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Hoya carnosa 'Crispa' Rope Plant

Hoya carnosa 'Crispa'

Among the most unique houseplants, rope plant has curled, contorted leaves all along the stem, almost making the plant look like it's a braided rope. If it sees enough light, it will produce reddish fragrant flowers.

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Hoya longifolia Shamapry Wax Plant

Hoya longifolia

Sometimes also called string-bean plant, Shamapry has long narrow leaves that do, indeed, look like beans. It's a fun one!

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Hoya multiflora Shooting Stars

Hoya multiflora

One of the most dramatic flowering houseplants, shooting stars produces clusters of fragrant, star-shaped white flowers.

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Hoya curtisii Stripes Wax Plant

Hoya curtisii

Offering fun variegated foliage, Stripes wax plant has little leaves with a great texture.

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Hoya carnosa 'Variegata' Tricolor Wax Plant

Hoya carnosa 'Variegata'

This easy to grow houseplant has green leaves variegated with white and pink. It's wonderfully charming in a window!

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Hoya carnosa 'Crispa Variegata' Variegated Rope Plant

Hoya carnosa 'Crispa Variegata'

One of the most unusual wax plants, this variety has tight, curled and twisted leaves that are variegated with golden yellow.

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Hoya carnosa 'Regalis' Variegated Rope Plant

Hoya carnosa 'Regalis'

An interesting flowering houseplant, this variety has twisted leaves variegated with cream and can produce fragrant reddish-pink flowers.

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Hoya carnosa 'Rubra' Variegated Wax Plant

Hoya carnosa 'Rubra'

A fun flowering houseplant, this variegated wax plant has cream-splashed leaves and reddish-purple stems.

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Hoya lanceolata 'Variegata' Variegated Waxleaf Wax Plant

Hoya lanceolata 'Variegata'

Variegated waxleaf wax plant is a charming small variety with dark green leaves flecked in silvery white. Its white flowers have a sweet fragrance.

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