Monday, May 28, 2018

Hoyas in May 2018

I have not been posting hoya lately. There are lots of  reasons i can cite, but actually the foremost of them is the bigger share of the time for butterflies. With only a few hours i can spare for editing the photos, actually it is not really full editing but mainly just cropping and doing the contrast; there is only a very limited time left fot anything. I even cannot make scheduled posts like the monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

When not going home on weekends, i can edit more and contemplate on what to post next. But still my posting is always spontaneous, whatever comes to mind after looking at the photos. If there is a demand-driven production, i have photo-driven posts!

Above and Below: The ever reliable Hoya carnosa is always a sight to behold when in bloom. It always gives a very distinct round umbel that is born on leafless stems. My old plant which has been producing more than 20 umbels at a blooming time almost died 2 years ago. I was able to arrest death, but blooming stopped. I got a severe case of root rotting caused by not so well draining media. It has been out of the ICU, but still recuperating from an extreme case of Near Death Experience! 

Another species that brings a lot of awe is this Hoya crassicaulis. The normal characteristics is the reflexing corona, so those brown edges are supposed to be bent backwards. However, this particular plant showed this character i supposed to be just because of the plenty of flowers crowding so much in a space-limited umbel, which hindered the corolla from reflexing. This plant also went through a detour and has not been blooming for many months. I already made some cuttings to preempt the unexpected death. To my surprise, the cutting from this plant also produced a true-to-type character of this mother, the inability to reflex. That means the corollas stayed in place like those above, showing exageratedly the bright tip colors. Isn't it incredible?

 brightly colored Hoya ilagiorum

It is not growing profusely like the other species. The plant remains a bit dwindling without more growths, that i cannot even get some peduncle-free stems for cuttings. However, it is so diligent in producing blooms. As soon as they dehisce, the new buds immediately go into development, and you will not wait for long. 

 Hoya multiflora is not a vine, but a shrub with erect stems. The unique characteristics of this is its floriferousness. It is not uncommon to see a stem with peduncles blooming in every node. However, mine is not that floriferous because we have just been through a very hot dry season. Very hot air lessens its rate of growth and blooming.

 I call this Hoya bifunda ssp. integra. However, that name is still not conclusive. It belongs to the camphorifolia complex, the smaller flowered hoyas. The diameter of the umbel is only 1-1.5 inch in diameter, and the flowers do not last for 2 days. But when the umbel is full it lends beautifully to photography. As one of my colleagues say, "the other half of hoya growing is in photography". And i fully agree.

 Hoya buotii is called the Starfish Hoya, you will agree that each flower really looks like a starfish. I have four variations of its color and all of them are lovely. There is the more purple, while another is full yellow, the fourth one is yellow with dark brown corona.

 Above is a variety maybe of Hoya crassicaulis-incrassata group. It is Hoya 'Viola'. The characteristics of reflexing corolla in a very round umbel is coupled with the same lemony scent. It is also favored by some butterflies, which i most prefer. The leaves however are much bigger with distinct obvious venation.

the plant of a Hoya carnossa seedling is blooming now
Hoya pubicorolla ssp. anthracina is formerly called Hoya pubicalyx 'Black Dragon'. Compared to H pubicalyx, it has shiny, clear lighter green leaves and green pedicels. There are actually two color variations with strongly black and slightly black, i got the latter. I am still hoping i can get the 1st color form, but my source will still be coming from Sweden. Although it is endemic to the Philippines, sadly i do not have the privilege to get it locally. 

Hoya celata is called Hoya pubicalyx 'White Dragon' by some foreign growers. Its leaves are very similar to H. pubicorolla ssp. anthracina, just that the flowers are white. Same as the latter it is also very viny with longer internodes. Basically, they just differ in color. 

Hoya verticillata variegated. Like all variegated plants, it is growing not as fast as their normal green forms. I am not favored to see it in full bloom, and the photo above is taken the day after the flowers closed. But unlike other hoya, the flowers open again the next 2 days in the morning, although not as fully exposed as the first time. 

This Hoya pubicorolla ssp. anthracina inadvertently climbed the lanzones tree already, following the Hoya diversifolia, which i actually trained to climb it. Apparently, most of them behave more lively and happier when on trees simulating the natural forest habitat. Because this has already claimed its niche, i already allowed it to remain there.

Some hoyas i pictured at night. They are already wanting for more space, but i do not have what they want. I cannot even provide the much needed water. Anyway, i hope the rainy season is coming early next month, so they will look happier, fuller with more blooms!


  1. I will never tire of your Hoya pictures - they are just so different than the plants we have here, and they have SO many variations. I am enthralled with the Starfish Hoya - amazing!!!

    1. Thanks much Angie. They are actually just a few of my hoyas. However, photos are truly deceiving as my plants are not that nice in reality, however the flowers when shown by itself are always lovely. Sometimes the plants grown inside the houses in temperate countries are much better than mine.

  2. Hello, I would enjoy the butterflies and the Hoya. There are so many pretty varieties of Hoya, they are all beautiful. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

  3. What an amazing selection of colours and forms. I wonder how many different varieties you have?

  4. Wow. I have heard word 'hoya' but always thought 'cactus' so I knew nothing about all these varieties until I read about them here, then checked online for more information, because I'm curious about everything.
    What an amazing variety of plants unknown to me! Now I want to know more. Such beautiful flowers, and I like the idea of a lemony scent!
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    1. Hello Kay. The Philippines is home to about a hundred species of hoyas. I would like to inform you that before we learn about it, many species has already been gone from our forests and already in nurseries of collectors abroad, mostly US and EU, where they are cultured more difficultly indoors. But they raise a lot of wonderful plants and flowers. Now that we already know its value, not just as weeds, we want to have them back at least in the gardens here in the country, unfortunately the prices there are too much for our capacity to pay! This is a very sad story....

  5. They are beautiful....pity we can't share scents on line!

  6. I love your hoya photos Andrea..Makes me feel that I have a visit to your country...Michelle

  7. Hoya flowers are so incredible! These are beautiful photographs.


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