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Waxplants (Hoya)
Also known as : Waxvines
The waxplants (Hoya) are a large group of flowering, evergreen vines and shrubs. They are so-named because their leaves and flowers often appear waxy or artificial. Their flowers, apart from being colorful, are often quite fragrant – several species are very popular as ornamentals, though in temperate climates they often need to be grown indoors.
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15 - 41 ℃

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Waxplants, colloquially known as wax plant, is loved for its lush, waxy foliage and striking blooms. Basic care for waxplants involves bright but indirect light, well-draining soil, and a warm environment with temperatures ranging from 60-85°F. It prefers being slightly root-bound, so minimal repotting is required. Common challenges include overwatering, which can lead to root rot, and pests like aphids or mealybugs affecting the plant's health. Waxplantss, being tropical plants, are sensitive to cold temperatures, hence extra care is needed during winters. In other seasons, regular watering and fertilizing aids healthy growth.
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8 most common species:
Hoya carnosa
Porcelainflower
The porcelainflower is a flowering species native to East Asia and Australia. Porcelainflower is commonly valued as a houseplant for its ability to purify indoor air quality. Porcelainflower produces nectar and can attract pollinators.
Hoya cordata
Wax plant
Wax plant (Hoya cordata) is a succulent, perennial vine that requires full sun to partial shade in tropical areas and to be kept indoors in cooler temperatures. Its evergreen leaves are shiny and waxy, giving it its common name. Fragrant clusters of star-shaped flowers bloom in spring and summer. Flower spurs should remain on the plant to encourage prolific blooming. This plant prefers being root bound.
Hoya australis
Porcelain flower
Porcelain flower (Hoya australis) is a popular tropical evergreen climbing vine often cultivated for its attractive two-colored leaves and ease of care. This plant also grows showy white flowers which are very fragrant, which are its main appeal. Porcelain flower is an important food source for the caterpillars of Queensland butterflies and several crow butterflies.
Hoya kerrii
Sweetheart plant
Potted sweetheart plant (*Hoya kerrii*) plants are often sold as a novelty gift for Valentine's Day due to their heart-shaped leaf, most commonly with a tiny single leaf rooted in a little pot for tabletop decoration. If you can grow it into a longer vine, it makes a lovely hanging plant or trellis climber.
Hoya cumingiana subsp. cumingiana
Wax plant
The wax plant is a popular species of houseplant as it produces fragrant, interesting flowers. Its scent has been likened to cinnamon. This plant is a climber and needs a trellis in order to grow properly.
Hoya compacta
Hindu rope
Hindu rope (Hoya compacta), with its long strands of curly leaves and clusters of waxy blossoms, strongly resembles a rope, giving it another common name: Hindu rope. It has never been found in the wild, suggesting that it is an artificially cultivated offshoot of Hoya Carnosa.
Hoya multiflora
Shooting stars wax plant
The shooting stars wax plant (Hoya multiflora) is an epiphytic plant, which means it can grow on the surface of other plants via roots that extend off its vining stems; it does this without causing any harm to the tree it is climbing. It is easy to take care of, an efficient grower and bloomer, which makes it a popular choice for a houseplant.
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'
Hindu rope hoya
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is a rare variant succulent that is cultivated as a houseplant. Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is sometimes known as the Hindu rope plant. This species should be grown in lightweight soil in a small container with ample sunlight.

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Porcelainflower
Hoya carnosa
Porcelainflower
The porcelainflower is a flowering species native to East Asia and Australia. Porcelainflower is commonly valued as a houseplant for its ability to purify indoor air quality. Porcelainflower produces nectar and can attract pollinators.
Wax plant
Hoya cordata
Wax plant
Wax plant (Hoya cordata) is a succulent, perennial vine that requires full sun to partial shade in tropical areas and to be kept indoors in cooler temperatures. Its evergreen leaves are shiny and waxy, giving it its common name. Fragrant clusters of star-shaped flowers bloom in spring and summer. Flower spurs should remain on the plant to encourage prolific blooming. This plant prefers being root bound.
Porcelain flower
Hoya australis
Porcelain flower
Porcelain flower (Hoya australis) is a popular tropical evergreen climbing vine often cultivated for its attractive two-colored leaves and ease of care. This plant also grows showy white flowers which are very fragrant, which are its main appeal. Porcelain flower is an important food source for the caterpillars of Queensland butterflies and several crow butterflies.
Sweetheart plant
Hoya kerrii
Sweetheart plant
Potted sweetheart plant (*Hoya kerrii*) plants are often sold as a novelty gift for Valentine's Day due to their heart-shaped leaf, most commonly with a tiny single leaf rooted in a little pot for tabletop decoration. If you can grow it into a longer vine, it makes a lovely hanging plant or trellis climber.
Wax plant
Hoya cumingiana subsp. cumingiana
Wax plant
The wax plant is a popular species of houseplant as it produces fragrant, interesting flowers. Its scent has been likened to cinnamon. This plant is a climber and needs a trellis in order to grow properly.
Hindu rope
Hoya compacta
Hindu rope
Hindu rope (Hoya compacta), with its long strands of curly leaves and clusters of waxy blossoms, strongly resembles a rope, giving it another common name: Hindu rope. It has never been found in the wild, suggesting that it is an artificially cultivated offshoot of Hoya Carnosa.
Shooting stars wax plant
Hoya multiflora
Shooting stars wax plant
The shooting stars wax plant (Hoya multiflora) is an epiphytic plant, which means it can grow on the surface of other plants via roots that extend off its vining stems; it does this without causing any harm to the tree it is climbing. It is easy to take care of, an efficient grower and bloomer, which makes it a popular choice for a houseplant.
Hindu rope hoya
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'
Hindu rope hoya
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is a rare variant succulent that is cultivated as a houseplant. Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is sometimes known as the Hindu rope plant. This species should be grown in lightweight soil in a small container with ample sunlight.
Porcelain Flower 'Krimson Queen'
Hoya carnosa 'Krimson Queen'
Porcelain Flower 'Krimson Queen'
Porcelain Flower 'Krimson Queen' is a wax plant variant which has purplish stems and pink flowers, inspiring its name. The leaves have attractive white borders. This is a trailing and climbing plant which can be as long as 2.5 to 3 m in maturity.
Variegated indian rope
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta Regalis'
Variegated indian rope
The curiously curled and contorted leaves of variegated indian rope look a little like twisted rope, explaining this plant's common name. In this distinctive hybrid, the leaves are a two-colored, or 'variegated' combination of cream and dark green. This tropical hybrid is most often grown as a houseplant where its fragrant flowers can be best appreciated.
Porcelain flower
Hoya wayetii
Porcelain flower
An unusual-looking epiphyte that is sold as a hanging plant, porcelain flower has long, dark-edged leaves and clusters of small, berry-like, pink-purple flowers. The flowers aren't especially showy, but they are pretty and smell like butterscotch.
Hoya curtisii
Hoya curtisii
Hoya curtisii
If you are in search of a low-maintenance miniature vine for your hanging basket, then hoya curtisii is a good choice. This plant is native to Southeast Asia and features pointy leaves with silver variegation.
Hoya pubicalyx
Hoya pubicalyx
Hoya pubicalyx
Hoya pubicalyx is an epiphytic tropical vine and a popular houseplant, cherished for its fragrant, two-toned, star-shaped flowers. The cultivars can have variegated foliage. The flowers of this plant are featured on the Philippine five-centavo coin.
Porcelainflower 'Tricolor'
Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor'
Porcelainflower 'Tricolor'
Porcelainflower 'Tricolor' is named for the variegated coloration of its leaves which differ dramatically from the plain green hue of the parent plant. These attractive green, pink and white leaves make this waxy-leaved type a popular houseplant. Since it’s an air plant, porcelainflower 'Tricolor' needs very little water and is a hardy household survivor.
Porcelain flower
Hoya linearis
Porcelain flower
The soft and slender appearance of this evergreen succulent is what catches the eye. Porcelain flower has groovy, hairy leaves that support its star-shaped flowers, which emit a pleasant scent. It adds a lovely vine touch to any garden.
Wax plant
Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella
Wax plant
Wax plant is a subspecies of Hoya lanceolata. This is an epiphyte that lives on other plants in the wild. It is a tropical native that is most commonly grown as a houseplant. This plant differs from the native wax plant because of its small size, growing to just 45 cm.
Wax plant
Hoya pottsii
Wax plant
Wax plant is native to the Philippines. Its stunning pendulous flowers are star-shaped and release an irresistible vanilla-like fragrance at night. It's a popular houseplant due to its ease of care and drought tolerance, making it perfect for forgetful plant parents.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Also known as: Waxvines
The waxplants (Hoya) are a large group of flowering, evergreen vines and shrubs. They are so-named because their leaves and flowers often appear waxy or artificial. Their flowers, apart from being colorful, are often quite fragrant – several species are very popular as ornamentals, though in temperate climates they often need to be grown indoors.
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Attributes of Waxplants

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3.5 m
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50 cm
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Ideal Temperature
15 - 41 ℃

Scientific Classification of Waxplants

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Waxplants, colloquially known as wax plant, is loved for its lush, waxy foliage and striking blooms. Basic care for waxplants involves bright but indirect light, well-draining soil, and a warm environment with temperatures ranging from 60-85°F. It prefers being slightly root-bound, so minimal repotting is required. Common challenges include overwatering, which can lead to root rot, and pests like aphids or mealybugs affecting the plant's health. Waxplantss, being tropical plants, are sensitive to cold temperatures, hence extra care is needed during winters. In other seasons, regular watering and fertilizing aids healthy growth.
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8 most common species:
Hoya carnosa
Porcelainflower
The porcelainflower is a flowering species native to East Asia and Australia. Porcelainflower is commonly valued as a houseplant for its ability to purify indoor air quality. Porcelainflower produces nectar and can attract pollinators.
Hoya cordata
Wax plant
Wax plant (Hoya cordata) is a succulent, perennial vine that requires full sun to partial shade in tropical areas and to be kept indoors in cooler temperatures. Its evergreen leaves are shiny and waxy, giving it its common name. Fragrant clusters of star-shaped flowers bloom in spring and summer. Flower spurs should remain on the plant to encourage prolific blooming. This plant prefers being root bound.
Hoya australis
Porcelain flower
Porcelain flower (Hoya australis) is a popular tropical evergreen climbing vine often cultivated for its attractive two-colored leaves and ease of care. This plant also grows showy white flowers which are very fragrant, which are its main appeal. Porcelain flower is an important food source for the caterpillars of Queensland butterflies and several crow butterflies.
Hoya kerrii
Sweetheart plant
Potted sweetheart plant (*Hoya kerrii*) plants are often sold as a novelty gift for Valentine's Day due to their heart-shaped leaf, most commonly with a tiny single leaf rooted in a little pot for tabletop decoration. If you can grow it into a longer vine, it makes a lovely hanging plant or trellis climber.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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