Hoya lobbii Hook.

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I recieved this clone of Hoya lobbii with the suffix "Black". The information was that the flowers were black or near so. Well, they are dark but not black. I would rather call it dark purple. However, the color of the flowers differs depending on light conditions. In bright, white light they actually look more dark burgundy than purple. A guess is that the base color is a mix of purple and burgundy with the surface covered with dark purple hair that is more or less prominent depending on the intensity of the light. This also made it very difficult to get photos showing the correct colors.

I've thought of most clones of Hoya lobbii as without scent, but this one has and it's very nice. The scent is quite faint, but sweet and soft.

Hoya lobbii has a hanging, bushy kind of growth so it would do best in a hanging basket. However, it can also take up quite a lot of space if allowed to grow freely, so to save on space it might be a good idea to force it around a trellis.

I don't have any variety of Hoya lobbii that likes sunlight and this one is no different. A light window is ok if one can protect it from the burning sun. It doesn't like to run dry either.

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.


Should not be allowed to go dry. Keep slightly moist at all times.


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 13 mm

Leaf size: ca 45 mm × 90 mm

Growth: Hanging

Scent: Faint, sweet


Origin: India, Burma, Malaya

Author: Hook.

Publication: The Flora of British India, IV. 54 1883


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