Wax Rose

Wax Rose


Pereskia bleo (Wax Rose)

Pereskia bleo (Wax Rose) is a shrub or small tree that grows up to 26.2 feet (8 m), with a trunk up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter…

As stated, wax begonias don't just make great additions to your outdoor garden. They make lovely container plants that can be kept indoors.

The wax begonia does not need to be repotted often if it is planted in a well-chosen pot. Choosing a pot to accommodate the plant’s mature size may even eliminate the need to repot.

Whatever pot you choose, just be sure that it has drainage holes. This will allow the water to drain out of the pot and help you avoid problems with root rot.

Wax flowers: Evergreen with long-lasting blooms

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4 of 8 Chamelaucium 'Unciantum White' San Marcos Growers Show More Show Less

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The Bay Area is a truly cosmopolitan area, drawing on many cultures for its rich diversity. It is also, thanks to our Mediterranean climate, home to diverse flora from similar climates around the world. One of these is in Australia, home to a wide variety of evergreen shrubs.

One such shrub now entering many people's radar is Chamelaucium uncinatum, known curiously as Geraldton wax flower. Hailing from western Australia, it features narrow, needle-like foliage on arching branches. Despite its size, typically to 6 feet in height and width, the delicate foliage and open branching habit makes it easy to work in with other plants. It's the flowers, however, that are the real show. In spring, plants produce masses of 1-inch white or pink flowers, each with five rounded, spreading petals and a cup-shaped center. This plant's common name derives from the waxy feel of the flowers. Chamelauciums bloom over a long period, and the flowers themselves remain open for an extended period. For this reason, sprays of wax flowers are popular as cut flowers.

Like other Aussie shrubs, chamelauciums are tough, drought-tolerant plants, used to sandy soils in their native land. They're naturals for a drought-tolerant bed, as a contrast to broader-leaved shrubs or, because they offer quite the showy display in spring, they can be used as a focal point in a sunny bed. More compact varieties can be grown in a large container.

Waxing poetic

As wax flowers have become more popular, more varieties are appearing on the market. 'Lady Stephanie' is a rosy hue while 'Purple Pride' is a dark rose, almost purple color. For white lovers, there's 'C. White.' There are even varieties that change color. 'My Sweet Sixteen' changes from white to red as the season progresses. Likewise, the flowers of 'Matilda' progress from white to pink and white to dark pink.

Did you know?

Chamelauciums belong to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and have flowers similar to those of the tea-trees (Leptospermum). They contain oil glands and are aromatic, often giving off a pleasant aroma when crushed.


Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Amend soil with sand, a humus mix such as Top Soil Plus or pumice. Drainage is key with wax flowers. Pruning group 8. USDA zones 9-11.

Pests & diseases

Given adequate drainage, this is a tough genus. Root rot may be a problem without the necessary drainage.


Chamelaucium varieties can be found at Sloat Garden Center on Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco, Grand Lake Ace Garden Center in Oakland and East Bay Nursery and Berkeley Horticultural Nursery in Berkeley.

  • It is very easy to take care of the wax plant. If you become well aware of it, then you can easily develop this plant.
  • Wax plants are native to tropical and subtropical areas, due to which its care is affected. However, most plants grow inside, and they do not need much care. You should plant in a safe place or in a greenhouse. It also performs well in the sunny window. These plants give flowers in late spring or summer.
  • Tropical Hoya plants prefer temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but for indoor producers, this is not correct because you keep the temperature of your homes between 60-70 degrees.
  • You can also grow your own plant in the North Window. In fact, it is a good place to plant in the house. For this, there is no need for direct light but to have sufficient light, it should be kept away from the window. The only exception is the increase of plants under fluorescent light.
  • Hoya carnosa prefers to moist, light, well-drained soil. For honey plants, you can use African violet soil. Just to add a few perlites.
  • Wax flower plants prefer moist, soil so the plant needs water but keeps the soil dry not soggy. Cut the water during the winter. Only when the soil is dry, only water the plant.
  • Hoyas plants prefer light feeds. For these plants, monthly tea manure or thin fish emulsion have fulfilled all requirements of all these plants. Read more.

Varieties of wax flower

  • Carnosa: Hoya carnosa is seen with large black and green almond-shaped leaves and sweeps the light of indirect sunlight.
  • Carnosavariegata: White, green, and pink colors tend to fall with leaves and prefer bright indirect light.
  • Carnosarubra: With cream, yellow, and pink leaves, these plants prefer Bright indirect light.
  • Kesii: Looks like soft and spade-shaped leaves and prefers high humidity and light.

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It is a member of the Cactus family and therefore has spiny stems. One of the most attractive for use in gardens, it can grow to 9Ft in height but can also be kept pruned into a bushy shrub it has woody stems, fleshy, pale green leaves, and creamy orange to pinkish flowers followed by funny yellow fruit (see pics). Pereskia likes full sun and dry conditions. Propagation is by means of cuttings. See Cacti page info

Watch the video: How to Preserve Flowers with Wax