Hoya ovalifolia Wight & Arn.

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I have no idea if Hoya ovalifolia is the correct name for this species but it goes by this name in Europe. I bought it from a collector in Denmark. Beautiful plant but a very shy bloomer. Finding information on this species is not easy and I don't know anyone besides myself who has been able to bring it to bloom.

Light loving species but the leaves burn easily if exposed to too much sunlight. The leaves are hard but still quite thin. They vary some in size from 30mm to 50mm in length. Most leaves are oval but some are round. Can be allowed to dry some.

Flowers are much like Hoya verticillata but the lobes are more roundish. Size is approx 12mm in diameter and the flowers are nicely scented.

I grow this one in a self-watering planter as I tend to forget to water my plants and Hoya ovalifolia turns quite ugly if it's allowed to dry too often.

 Variations in Hoya
Light, but no sunlight

Likes light but should not be exposed to sunlight. A protected window facing west is good.

Slightly moist

Tolerates some drought but should not be allowed to run completely dry.


Intermediate species. Tolerates short exposure to temperatures no less than 10°C. Best grown in a regular room temperature of 20-25°C.

Flower size: 12mm

Leaf size: 40-50mm × 50-70mm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Soft and sweet


Origin: India, China

Author: Wight & Arn.

Publication: Wight´s Contributions to the Botany of India, vol.37 (1834)

Herbarium: 38842

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