Hoya Wayetii is a gorgeous and low-maintenance houseplant that is beloved by many plant enthusiasts. This plant is also known as the “Wax Plant,” as its leaves are waxy, giving them a glossy and almost plastic-like appearance. With its basic care requirements and attractive appearance, Hoya Wayetii is an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a touch of natural beauty to their home.
Origins of Hoya Wayetii
Hoya Wayetii is a tropical plant that is native to Southeast Asia, particularly in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. This species belongs to the Apocynaceae family, which is also includes other popular houseplants such as the Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) and the Desert Rose (Adenium obesum). Hoya Wayetii is a member of the Hoya genus, which comprises over 200 species of plants. The genus was first described by the botanist Robert Brown in 1810. Its name honours the British botanist Thomas Hoy. Many Hoya species are commonly known as Wax Plants, owing to the thick and waxy texture of their leaves.
Appearance of Hoya Wayetii
Hoya Wayetii is a beautiful and compact plant that features long, slender vines covered in thick and waxy leaves. The leaves are a deep green colour, and they are oblong in shape with pointed tips. The surface of the leaves is smooth and glossy, and they grow to be about 3 inches (7 centimetres) long. The flowers are small, star-shaped, grow in clusters at the ends of the vines. The flowers are white with a pinkish-purple center, and they are incredibly fragrant. They emit a sweet and spicy scent that is reminiscent of cinnamon.
The Hoya Wayetii isn’t toxic per se, but it does have the potential to cause health problems under the right circumstances. That’s because the plant belongs to the milkweed family, meaning it has milky latex that runs throughout its body. This can cause allergic reactions on contact or when ingested. This reaction can be more potent for those that have latex allergies. Supposedly latex isn’t a problem for animals, but even so, it’s safer to keep the plant away from kids and animals, just in case they have a potentially dangerous reaction to it.
Preferred Growing Environment
The Hoya Wayetti is not a strictly indoor or outdoor plant, though there are some considerations to think about that will be discussed later. They grow particularly well in containers like pots or hanging baskets.
The plant grows both low and dense, which makes it very good for ground cover if you are growing many of them. They are also fairly tolerant plants, capable of growing alongside other plants with similar needs, as well as under trees, so don’t be afraid to mix them with similar plants.
Wherever you choose to plant them, they should be out of direct sunlight, which is generally harmful to the Hoya Wayetii. More on that later.
Variegated Hoya Wayetti
Variegated plants are sort of like mutated plants with special colourations or patterns. So if you happened to grow a second Hoya Wayetti plant from an initial parent plant, it may come out looking exactly the same in colour or pattern, or it may come out variegated. If the plant does end up being variegated, the leaves could be a variety of colours, such as pink or red, and it could even mature to yellow or off-white. Despite any of these interesting variations, there’s no actual difference in caring for the plant.