Plant ID forum: What is this plant??

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Jun 17, 2016 7:35 PM CST
I have had this crawling plant for 6 years and it just decided to pop out these inflorescences. I didn't even know it could flower. The leaves are waxy and it doesn't grow much during the year but in the summer it usually has a growth spurt.
Can anyone ID it, I've never seen anything like it before.
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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jun 17, 2016 7:43 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, Rowanam! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Congratulations: your green treasure is a Hoya carnosa.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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Jun 17, 2016 7:43 PM CST
It's a hoya but I don't know what variety it is.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 18, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Congratulations! After the flowers fall off, leave the spur that was the center of the flower head. The plant will bloom again and again on those same spurs - the spurs often get 3 or 4 inches long after repeated bloomings. I have one that I acquired as a teenager making it over 50 years old. Its never been repotted but as they are epiphytic, it's not really a problem.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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Jun 18, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Welcome! from me too!
I agree, your lovely plant is a Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa) You may detect fragrance from those blooms in the evening and at night. Many Hoyas are deliciously fragrant; they attract night pollinators (moths, etc.) so the fragrance is usually highest at night. Also, as Daisy stated, once the blooms drop, Do Not prune or cut off the peduncle (some call it a bloom spur), it's shaped like a tiny microphone and it's where future blooms will form.

Here are a some close ups of Hoya blooms, pointing out the peduncles/bloom spurs.
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Plant Identifier
Jun 19, 2016 8:31 PM CST
carnosas take a long time to bloom indoors. If you want more blooms - put it somewhere where it can get sev hours of sun indoors. outdoor in partsun it will bloom it's head off and can grow 10' long :).

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