Please Identify My Mystery Vine Plant

This vine was in a jar of water in the stairwell to the basement when we moved into this house 19 years ago. I planted it in a pot but never knew what it was. Doesn’t require a lot of water and will vine and grow forever if not pruned. This is the last piece of it that I have recently potted. I have given the rest of it to several different people so am starting a new plant for myself. It has worled leaves (5 in a cluster), narrow leaves with cream colored specks on them, smooth margins, and a leathery texture. No one I talk to seems to know what it is. I hope you can help me. Am attaching a picture. Thanks!

Hi Carol,

It looks like a hoya plant with a slight variegation in the leaves. Here is a picture of one in bloom, what do you think?


There are over 200 species of the easy to grow almost indestructible hoya plants. Hoya plants are often referred to as Wax plants because of the waxy nature of their leaves and flowers. A mature hoya plant (3 plus yrs) produces beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers in numerous colors. Each hoya flower has five waxy petals. New flowers develop on the older stems so never cut off the old flower stems. You can read all my care tips for a Hoya plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.