Hoya (Wax Plant)

Hoya is a genus composed of about 200 species in the family Apocynaceae. The species can be found from India and China to Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.
These slow growing plants have long, woody stems and fleshy leaves. The flowers are sweet-scented and star-shaped, usually with five thick and waxy petals. They are perfect for hanging baskets or in a vertical garden.

Name meaning:

The genus was named in honor of the botanist Thomas Hoy (1750-1822).

The common name “Wax Plant” was given due to its waxy leaves and flowers.

Hoya symbolism:

Wax Plant symbolizes wealth and protection.


Interesting facts about Hoya:

Related Family

Hoya was earlier placed in the Asclepiadaceae family, commonly known as milkweed family. However, newer taxonomy placed the genus in the Apocynaceae family, also known as the dogbane family.

Benefits and Uses

Hoya carnosa has the ability to remove pollutants from the air. It can reduce the components of indoor air pollution and make the air healthier to breathe.

Plant Type:

Climbers, Perennials, Shrubs

Color:

The flowers are mostly white, but are also available in shades of pink, red, purple, orange and green.