Hoya curtisii King & Gamble

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A very small Hoya that is easily placed even in small windows and large collections. Hoya curtisii is purely a hanging basket plant as it doesn't climb or twine.

Hoya curtisii can be a bit difficult to root so spaghnum moss is recommended. Once rooted the plant is easily cultivated. Can take some drought but does best if never allowed to run completely dry.

The plant is not as sensitive as it may look. Hoya curtisii can very well be placed in a south facing window if given some protection from the burning sun. In front of other plants or on the side where it gets occasional shade.

When the flowers are just opened they have a grass like scent. Sounds terrible but it's acutally quite refreshing. After a while the scent turns more sweet, reminds me of melon.

Subspecies or variations:
Information and photos of variations in Hoya curtisii in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya curtisii in my collection
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: 12 mm Ø

Leaf size: 10mm × 10mm

Growth: Hanging

Scent: Melon

Section: Kloiphora

Origin: Philippines, Malaya, Thailand

Author: King & Gamble

Publication: Journ As. Soc. Beng. lxxiv. II. 563 (1908)

Herbarium: 2894

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