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Hoya carnosa * Wax vine

The flowers of the Wax Vine look like they are fake, almost as if they were glued on.  I have trouble with Hoya carnosa surviving much below freezing.  If you can bring your plant indoors or are lucky enough to have frost free winters Hoya carnosa is a must have for your garden.  Hoya carnosa is slow growing but can get to 20 feet or more with consistently good conditions.  The biggest flaw is that the leaves hold a long time and when damaged they show it for most of a year.  Hoya carnosa blooms in summer and Fall.  I have grown it in dark conditions and still gotten blooms and on a lucky year kept it growing in my yard in spite of our usually frosty conditions.

 

Hoya carnosa, Wax Vine 

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