Hoya obscura

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Hoya obscura
Hoya obscura flower.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Hoya
Species: H. obscura
Binomial name
Hoya obscura

Hoya obscura is a fast-growing hoya from the Philippines. Characterized by medium-sized veined leaves that range from deep green when grown in shade, to a deep reddish color when grown in sunlight. This hoya is very easy to grow.

  • Growing habit: Viny and compact, leaves fairly close together along new shoots. Very fast grower in optimal conditions. Extremely floriferous.
  • Sap color: milky.
  • Leaf size: 2 cm to 10 cm.
  • Epiphytic: Epiphytic to semi-epiphytic in the wild. Readily adapts to pot culture.
  • Fragrance: Intense and pleasant, remarkably like a buttered cinnamon roll for the plant pictured. Wafts a considerable distance. Many people have likened the fragrance to Fruit Loops cereal.
  • Soil conditions: Must be moist but well-drained and airy. The specimen pictured is generally allowed to completely dry between waterings, and is rootbound in a 3 inch terra cotta pot.
  • Outdoor zone: At least Zone 10, possibly cooler.