The Q&A Archives: Indian Rope Plant

Question: I am looking for a plant that is refered to as Indian Rope. I am not sure of the scientific name or origin. If at all possible where can you purchase one? I have only seen one in my lifetime. Thank you for your help I tried the dictionary and the other help but with no success.

Answer: The Indian rope plant is one of the wax plants, a well known species popular as a houseplant. Botanically known as hoya, the plants originate in India, China and Australia where they grow as climbing or twining evergreen vines with the help of aerial roots.

Their leaves are succulent, waxy-looking, tight and curled, often variegated green and white with a hint of pink. The fragrant fleshy flowers are generally pink or white and may have brown or purple markings.

The Indian rope plant prefers average to warm temperatures year round and ample light. As with all succulents, it should be allowed to partially dry between waterings. The plant will flower best if potbound and usually produces blooms between May and November. Flowers form on only one side of the vine and the plant prefers not to be moved or turned after buds develop.

Because of its interesting leaves and habit of growth, the Indian rope plant makes an attractive specimen.

Now that you know the botanical name, you should be able to find the plant at a local nursery or florist's shop - or they should be able to get one for you. Good luck in your search!

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