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PlantFiles: Hoya, Dwarf Carnosa, Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower
Hoya carnosa 'Holliana'

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hoya (HOY-a) (Info)
Species: carnosa (kar-NO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Holliana

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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By PanamonCreel
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By ceedub
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ceedub On Dec 6, 2004, ceedub from Whitby, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I got this plant as a cutting from a nursery that wanted $35 for its mother. The cutting didn't do too well at first, but eventually started growing and then just took off. It took until the end of its 4th summer to bloom (2003), which is about normal, at least for me. The flowers are light pink with a darker centre, similar to most carnosas and about the same size. I had trouble with the leaves being very pale, because it had too much sun exposure. I've now moved it back from the direct sun, and the colours in the leaves are now getting more vibrant. There is, however, one small bunch of leaves that are "albino" - no colour whatsoever on them (seen in the picture I have posted on the far right). This has become my favourite hoya - the small crinkly leaves with their varegated colouring has me hooked.

Neutral PanamonCreel On Oct 20, 2003, PanamonCreel from Celaya
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

Compact growing with much smaller leaves than "normal" carnosa forms. Foliage rippled, dark green and variegated.
Said to be cultivar of Hoya carnosa 'Variegata'.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jacksonville, Florida
Rotonda West, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
West Linn, Oregon
Reading, Pennsylvania
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas

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