Hoya graveolens Kerr

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Beautiful and fast growing Hoya. Oval leaves, rather stiff, dark green and usually generously flecked.

Blooms during late summer with creme colored flowers that don't have a too nice scent, though it's not overwhelming. Thus the name Hoya graveolens where the latin word Graveolens means strong scent. The peduncle on which the flowers grow is very thin.

Prefers lots of light but the leaves burn if exposed to too much sun, not that it seems to harm the plant more than providing yellow leaves. Heavy drinker. Should not run completely dry.

Hoya graveolens ocasionally appears as Hoya graveolensis and was for some time sold Hoya gravoliensis by Bystrup Planter in Denmark.

 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.


Temperate species. Should not be exposed to draught or temperatures below 17°C. Grows best in an average temperature of 30°C.

Flower size: 15mm

Leaf size: ca 45mm × 60mm

Growth: Climber

Scent: Strong


Origin: Thailand

Author: Kerr

Publication: Kew Bulletin 1939, s. 461


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