Mother Nature has gifted us with a variety of plants adorned with waxy leaves. This wax can retain water and protect the leaves from frigid temperatures.
Want to meet these plants? Follow along the list to explore the most popular plants with waxy leaves.
15 Waxy Leaf Plants
Following are some of the best waxy leaf houseplants and outdoor plants that you can start growing at your home.
1. Rubber Fig (Ficus Elastica)
The Rubber Plant, also known by the name Ficus Elastica, is a popular houseplant. It’s waxy leaves and huge appearance makes it an attractive option. In its native land in Southeast Asia, this plant is capable of growing up to 100 ft. But when domesticated, it can reach 6 to 10 ft in height.
Rubber plants come in a variety of colors to complement the theme of your home’s décor. This plant requires indirect light. During summer, it also demands loads of water. Keep its soil moist but make sure it’s not drowning. In winter, keep the soil dry but make sure it’s not too dry.
2. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
The name is as interesting as the shape of the plant. It consists of large heart-shaped leaves. Here is a fun fact: as the plant ages, its leaves start developing holes resembling Swiss cheese, hence the name.
It’s an easy-to-maintain plant and that’s why so many Americans have it in their house. The Swiss cheese plant loves to climb but it often needs support. The perforated deeply green leaves attract every plant collector.
The Swiss Cheese Plant grows best under indirect sunlight. When it comes to watering, the plant doesn’t need to be drowned in water. Simply keep the soil moist. It thrives in high humidity and moisture season.
3. Jade Plant (Crassula Spp.)
Crassula, also known as the Jade plant, belongs to the genus of succulent plants. Many of us know it has a houseplant. However, in a warm climate, it’s capable of growing into a shrub.
Many species of Crassula are small. The miniature versions are quite fascinating as well. They are very easy to grow and they require low maintenance. Their dark and glossy green color makes them charming.
Depending on the climate, the Jade Plant can be grown indoors or outdoors. It’s an ideal houseplant for people who often forget to water their plants. Jade is hard to kill. It doesn’t need much water, however, it can be sensitive to hot temperatures.
4. Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas Plant)
Yes, you have guessed it right, it’s the ZZ plant. Zamioculcas Zamiifoliais is very famous on the Instagram feed of plant collectors.
This attractive plant features dark green leaves which are soothing to the eyes. Also, ZZ is capable of tolerating neglect. It readily accepts low light conditions. The waxy leaves brighten up any room they are in.
The ZZ plant grows slowly so don’t worry, it won’t become a plant monster. A study says that this plant is also a natural air purifier. It can remove toxins such as benzene and toluene from the air. It doesn’t need any specific type of soiling and it only requires watering once a month.
5. Mistletoe Fig (Ficus deltoidea)
Mistletoe Fig could be called a small tree or a large shrub. It’s native to Southeast Asia. It’s a great indoor houseplant if you want it to grow to 3 ft. It has shiny and waxy green leaves with yellowish undersides. It also produces yellowish figs, which are non-edible.
The plant needs medium to high light. It thrives in dry soil. Mistletoe Fig is capable of tolerating low light conditions. Make sure you keep it away from the brightly lit areas otherwise its leaves might burn. It flourishes in summers in the colder zones.
If you would like to add color to your house or any indoor space, Anthurium is the best. This plant can grow in low light. It will have a few flowers as well but it takes less time to grow. This plant cannot tolerate direct sunlight otherwise the leaves may burn.
Place it under indirect sunlight. Keep in mind this plant doesn’t like continuously moist soil because too much water can damage the roots. It’s important to water it regularly though. Apart from keeping it indoors, you can also grow it in your home garden and appreciate its long-lasting flowers.
From its unusual appearance, many people believe that Bromeliad would be hard to maintain but it’s not. The interesting texture and colors of this plant make it look beautiful in any garden. You can also grow it indoors.
When its life is about to end, Bromeliad produces inflorescence in unique colors. The plant requires medium to bright light to grow indoors. It’s not necessary to keep the plant’s central cup filled with water. In hot conditions, Bromeliads require more humidity.
8. Heartleaf Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum Cordifolium)
Heartleaf Ice Plant has thick fleshy leaves and brightly colored flowers. It’s mostly seen in western US homes. It has glossy heart-shaped leaves. The magenta flowers that grow with the plant open by the afternoon and close at night.
Although the name says Ice Plant, it needs protection from cold temperatures. It doesn’t need frequent water and it can also tolerate droughts. However, if you water them regularly in spring and summer, the plant will flourish.
9. Carissa Holly
Carissa Holly is a shrub that can fit itself in any type of landscape. It is a bit slow growing and it requires pruning occasionally as well. Because it’s dense, you can easily sculpt it into any shape.
Just because its shrub, doesn’t mean it will grow into a monster. It’s fairly small and it reaches about 4 feet wide as it matures. The best part is once it’s established, it doesn’t need maintenance. It can withstand drought, wind, as well as heat. The only maintenance required is to tidy it up.
Although Carissa Holly is low maintenance, it does need watering a couple of times a week. It might also need slow-release fertilizer in spring.
10. Hoya Carnosa
This wax plant has long and slender vinescovered in thick leathery leaves. Sometimes, the leaves get silver and white flecks. Under the best light conditions, Hoya also produces star-shaped white and pink flowers. These flowers are shiny and have five center points. This plant blooms in spring, summer, and fall.
Hoya flowers have a sweet scent. The plant needs thorough water from spring to fall. Hoya is a thirsty plant but don’t make it soil soggy with water. Always use room temperature water for Hoya Carnosa.
11. Peace Lily
Don’t confuse Peace Lily with real lilies. This plant is a member of the Araceae family. Its flower features a white sheath. Peace lilies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some also use them as floor plants because they can reach 3 ft in height and grow wide and bold leaves.
This graceful perennial can add life to any space. The white flower appears in spring. If the plant is cared for, its flower may also bloom in fall. The booms last for a month or row and fade.
Peace lilies like light partial shade. They thrive in rooms without windows as well. Wait for the plant to droop before watering. You will need to water it once a week to keep its soil moist.
12. Radiator Plant (Peperomias)
If you haven’t had much luck with houseplants with flowers, you need to get Peperomias. It has textured and sometimes smooth leaves in purple, gray, green, and red. Some leaves can be large and some can be tiny.
This plant with heart-shaped leaves is ideal for beginner houseplant enthusiasts. It requires medium to bright light to grow. It doesn’t need frequent watering. Make sure you allow the soil’s surface to dry out between watering.
13. Swedish Ivy
This hanging basket houseplant is adored for its trailing habit. Some people also call it the Swedish Begonia and Creeping Charlie.
The plant has scalloped edges. In spring, white flowers start blooming that last throughout summer. Swedish ivy is a great houseplant for novice gardeners.
It thrives in a location with bright yet indirect light. You will have to water it once a week only. Make sure the soil dries out before you water it again. Don’t forget to pinch off its vine tips to make it look groomed.
Pothos enjoy a range of environments and they are very simple to care for. This plant would be a great addition to your office and bathroom as well. It needs low light to grow. You can grow it in water as well as dry soil.
This vine has heart-shaped green leaves that are variegated with pale green, yellow, and white. Pothos prefer their soil to dry out completely. However, if the soil is left damp, the roots won’t rot.
Let the plant guide you when to water it. Dry and brown edges on the leaves mean the plant has dried out.
15. Echeveria Succulent
It’s one of the most popular succulents. You must have seen Echeveria Succulent on floral arrangement, artwork, and wedding cakes. Its pump leaves and mesh of colors make it a striking plant.
The unique quality of Echeveria Succulent is it’s easy to maintain. The plant needs 4 to 5 hours of direct bright light. If you place it outdoors during the summer, it will thrive. Like other succulents, it doesn’t need much water.