University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Foliage

Wax Plant, Wax Flower (Hoya carnosa)

The wax plant is a slow-growing, evergreen vine. The simple, solid or variegated leaves are thick, fleshy, opposite, ovate, two to four inches long, and have a waxy coating. In the spring and summer, large, round, hanging clusters of creamy white to light pink fragrant flowers appear. Each flower is up to 1/2  inch in diameter, and has a five-pointed pink star in the center.