Hoya shepherdii Short ex Hook.

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Sometimes sold as Hoya longifolia and by some called the string bean Hoya due to the leaves similarity to Haricot Vertes. I find this one easiest to grow in hanging baskets but I know many who prefer trellis.

Leaves are long, sometimes up to 15cm (6") but often less. Width only about 1cm (²⁄₅"). Dark green in color and quite glabrous and hard.

Flowers white with a pink flush, very fragrant. Approx 10mm (²⁄₅") in size. Corona white with red base of the lobes colored red.

Best grown in a light window with no burning sun. Tolerates some drought.

 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.

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Origin: India, Burma

Author: Short ex Hook.

Publication: Curtis Botical Magazine t.5269 (1861)


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