This Popular 1970s Houseplant Is Making A Comeback

Houseplants are a great way to add pizzazz to your space. But which houseplants should you buy? If you’re overwhelmed by the variety of plants out there, we recommend you check out the hoya. This vining plant was super-popular in the 1970s, and now it’s back in a big way.

Also known as wax plant, the hoya is a succulent that can have either shiny or fuzzy leaves. It can be grown in a hanging basket or in a more traditional container.

Because it’s slow-growing, it’s pretty low-maintenance, which is great news for those of us who don’t excel at gardening and who tend to forget all about our houseplants.

One word of caution: The hoya is a bit fragrant for some people’s tastes, so if you don’t like strong smells, you might prefer it as an outdoor plant.

Hoya Varieties

There are different types of hoya, each with different colored leaves.

The Tricolor Hoya, for one, has green, white and pink leaves. Check it out in this photo posted to Instagram by @foreverplanty:

Another variety is the Shooting Stars Hoya, which has green foliage and white, star-shaped flowers.

Check out this one posted to Instagram by @bm_secretgarden:

Still another type of hoya is the Hindu rope plant, which looks like a twisted rope. This one posted to Instagram by @thehappyhoyas is striking:

The caption notes that this type of hoya can be grown as one long stem or chopped up into a full pot.

Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” fame is selling a hoya plant through her new collection of houseplants available through her store, Magnolia. It’s available for $26.99 and comes with free shipping.


The plant’s description details its thick, waxy leaves, and promises that the plant will eventually develop clusters of pink flowers with crimson centers as it matures.

Will the hoya be your newest houseplant?

[h/t: Better Homes & Gardens]