A Journey through the Enchanting World of Hoya Plants

Are you ready to embark on a captivating tour of the most fabulous types of Hoya plants? Whether you’re an avid collector or just starting out, this guide will deepen your love and appreciation for these beautiful houseplants.

The Heart-Shaped Beauty: Albomarginata

Let’s begin our journey with Hoya kerrii var. albomarginata, also known as the Variegated Waxheart. This stunning variety boasts succulent, heart-shaped leaves with creamy yellow margins. Its vines can reach up to 13 feet long, adorned with white flowers that have russet centers. Don’t miss our complete care guide for sweetheart Hoya plants.

Australis: A Beginner’s Delight

Next on our tour is the fast-growing and easy-to-care-for Hoya australis. This native of Australia and other South Pacific islands sports broad, oval-shaped leaves with a reddish hue in new growth. There are numerous subspecies and cultivars of this plant, each with its own unique charm.

Bella: Beauty in Name and Nature

Native to Assam, India, and Myanmar, Hoya lanceolata ssp. bella lives up to its name as the “beautiful Hoya.” With small, light green, arrowhead-shaped leaves and delicate white flowers, this variety adds a touch of elegance to any collection.

Bilobata: Small Yet Striking

Hoya bilobata hails from the Philippines and features grayish-green leaves with a lighter-colored central vein. Its dusty pink flowers with yellow centers are a sight to behold. Keep in mind that it is often mistaken for Hoya sp. aff. burtoniae, which has fuzzier and more elongated leaves.

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Callistophylla: A Striking Beauty

Prepare to be mesmerized by Hoya callistophylla. This tropical species native to Borneo boasts large, leathery leaves patterned with contrasting dark green veins. Its pale pink flowers with red centers only add to its allure. You’ll appreciate its preference for slightly cooler, humid conditions.

Curtisii: Mottled Foliage with Unique Charm

With its light to olive green, mottled foliage, Hoya curtisii is a standout among its peers. Native to Borneo, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, this species features small, round leaves reminiscent of Christmas tree baubles. Its cream-colored flowers with a velvety texture make it even more special.

Diversifolia: Adaptable and Beautiful

Hoya diversifolia is a tropical species known for its thick, oval-shaped leaves and creamy pale pink flowers with darker centers. It thrives in various growing conditions and is often used ethnobotanically in Malaysia. Remember to only purchase this endangered species from responsible vendors.

Elliptica: Prominent Veins and Unforgettable Leaves

Hoya elliptica, native to Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, showcases white-veined green leaves that create a prominent tortoiseshell pattern. Its white flowers with pink centers are simply enchanting.

Kentiana: The Narrowleaf Delight

A native of the Philippines, Hoya kentiana, also called “narrowleaf Hoya,” boasts long, narrow green leaves with dark green edges. With bright light, the leaf edges develop a reddish color. Its maroon flowers with yellow centers emit a delightful butterscotch fragrance.

H. Kentiana Live Plant in 4” Pot
Ames Farm Center offers live specimens of H. Kentiana in a four-inch pot, providing an exciting addition to your Hoya collection.

Krinkle 8: The Fascinating Hoya Carnosa

Hoya carnosa ‘Krinkle 8’ stands out with its long, oval-shaped leaves. Resembling the ‘Chelsea’ variety but with longer leaves, this cultivar adds a touch of uniqueness to your collection.

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Linearis: Delicate Beauty from the Himalayas

Hoya linearis challenges preconceptions with its long, thin, slightly fuzzy leaves adorned with pointed ends. Native to high-elevation regions of China, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, and India, including the Himalayas, this Hoya showcases a delicate, wispy appearance as it matures.

Mathilde: A Velvety Wonderland

With its thick, succulent foliage covered in small hairs, Hoya Mathilde invites you into a velvety wonderland. Its flowers and stems also feature a charming fuzziness.

Mindorensis: Flowers That Steal the Show

Prepare to be captivated by Hoya mindorensis. This tropical species, native to Borneo and the Philippines, showcases elliptical, glossy leaves in medium green. While the leaves are beautiful, it’s the flowers that truly steal the show.

Multiflora: Beauty in Abundance

Hoya multiflora breaks the mold with its trailing shrub-like growth habit. With elliptical, medium to dark green leaves and large cream and gold flowers, this Hoya adds a touch of elegance to any space.

Obovata: A Foliage Lover’s Dream

If you’re enchanted by foliage, Hoya obovata is the one for you. Its large, glossy, dark green, oval-shaped leaves often feature a splash of silver and pink flecks. The leaf shape inspired this plant’s species name.

Pachyclada: Thick Foliage with Subtle Intricacies

Hoya pachyclada showcases thick, oval-shaped leaves with grayish-green hues and contrasting lighter-colored veins. This tropical species adds a touch of sophistication to any collection.

Rebecca: A Fascinating Hybrid

A natural hybrid between Hoya sp. aff. lacunosa and Hoya obscura, Hoya Rebecca is a true work of art. Its elliptical leaves with prominent veining take on a reddish hue with bright light.

Retusa: Uniquely Beautiful

Hailing from India and the eastern Himalayas, Hoya retusa is also called the “grass-leaved Hoya.” Its long, thin, green leaves with blunt ends give this species a wispy appearance, resembling clusters of grass.

Shepherdii: A String Bean Beauty

With its long, narrow dark green leaves, Hoya shepherdii will remind you of green beans. Mature plants with long vines showcase stunning foliage, making it a favorite among Hoya enthusiasts.

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Splash: An Artist’s Canvas

Hoya pubicalyx ‘Splash’ showcases dense splashes of silvery gray on its medium to dark green foliage. Its long, pointed oval leaves create a beautiful canvas for your collection.

Sumatra: A Unique Delight

Hoya caudata, commonly known as ‘Sumatra,’ offers a distinctive aesthetic. Its olive green and brownish leaves feature wavy margins, giving them a roughed-up appearance. Some may find this species truly captivating, making it an excellent choice for collectors.

Sunrise: A Colorful Delight

Hoya Sunrise is a captivating interspecies cross that showcases colorful foliage. Its elliptical leaves take on a reddish hue when exposed to bright light, revealing contrasting light green veins.

Tricolor: A Reversed Beauty

Another cultivar of Hoya carnosa, Hoya tricolor features reversed variegation compared to the famous ‘Rubra.’ Its unique coloring makes it a standout addition to any collection.

Variegata: Texture and Color in Harmony

Hoya latifolia ‘Variegata’ offers both fabulous texture and attractive coloring. With its thick foliage adorned with striking variegation patterns, this cultivar adds a touch of visual interest to any space.

Wayetii: Beauty in Every Detail

We conclude our tour with Hoya wayetii, a native of the Philippines. Its canoe-shaped leaves feature dark green edges that turn maroon in bright light. The mauve flowers with purple centers give off a fragrant, velvety allure.

As we reach the end of our journey, we hope you’ve been captivated by the enchanting world of Hoya plants. Each variety possesses its own unique charm, adding beauty and elegance to any collection. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, the allure of these fabulous plants is undeniable.

For more information and to purchase Hoya plants, visit the Ames Farm Center. Happy collecting and may your love for Hoyas continue to flourish!