Hoya serpens Hook.f.

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When I first managed to bring Hoya serpens to bloom I was mighty proud as all I had read was that it was a shy bloomer if not kept in a terrarium or greenhouse to keep the humidity high. Since I had neither I grew it on the window sill in an ordinary clay pot, though planted in orchid mix.

Hoya serpenstransparentHoya serpens is not such a difficult plant as once suggested. It prefers a light potting mix that is well drained and moist. A mix of spaghnum moss, perlite (or vermiculite) and some regular potting soil works fine for me. A cool growing plant that that should be kept in a shaded or semi shaded position.

The leaves of Hoya serpens are small and almost completely round, 1/3" and sparsely flecked. Both stems and leaves are slightly pubescent. Blooms with umbels of 20-40 large flowers (almost 1/2"), greenish white in color and and highly perfumed. Some find the scent heavy, I find it wonderful.

 Variations in Hoya

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.


Cool growing species. Tolerates longer periods of temperatures just below 10°C. Does not like to be exposed to temperatures above 25°C for any longer period.

Flower size: ca 20mm

Leaf size: ca 10mm Ø

Growth: Creeper/hanging

Scent: Perfume


Origin: India (Himalaya, Sikkim)

Author: Hook.f.

Publication: Flora of British India Vol. 4:55 (1883)


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