Hoya lobbii Hook.f.

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Hoya lobbii is a fairly easy species to cultivate. It is very tolerate to drought and flowers in shade as well as light although it should be protected from direct sunlight. The down side is it's growth pattern.Hoya lobbii grows upright like a bush and doesn't twine or climb a bit. This makes it difficult to train around trellises making it more suitable for hanging baskets... so I do it both ways. This red flowering on a trellis and the other two clones in hanging baskets.

Hoya lobbii comes in several colors, this one is the pinkish-red variety. Some believe they are all the same thing just reacting differently to the amount of light they are subjected to. The flowers are similar to those of Hoya cumingiana, rigid and reflexed although the color is somewhat dull. The corona is quite chubby and prominent. I can't detect any scent.

Like the rest of the plant the leaves of Hoya lobbii are quite rigid. They are covered with yellow flecks on both sides. This red clone often comes with black spots too which is often mistaken for a disease - which it might be, I don't know, but it is a charactaristic for this one and not the other clones of Hoya lobbii in my collection.

Subspecies or variations:
Information and photos of variations in Hoya lobbii in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya lobbii in my collection

Should not be exposed to sunlight.. A shaded window facing west or east 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: ca 13mm

Leaf size: 5-6cm × 10-15cm

Growth: Upright

Scent: None


Origin: India, Burma, Malaya

Author: Hook.f.

Publication: Flora of British India Vol. 4:54 (1883)


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