The name ‘Sweetheart Hoya’ says everything. As the thick leaves are heart-shaped, the plant is sometimes named ‘Lucky-heart’.
This low maintenance plant becomes increasingly popular in recent years. With its fleshy, succulent leaves, sweetheart hoya is relatively drought-tolerant. This plant is an ideal plant for a house.
It has several common names such as Wax Hearts, Valentine Hoya, Sweetheart Hoya, Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower, Heartleaf, Lucky Hearts, Sweetheart, and Sweetheart Plant etc.
Its origin area is South China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the Indonesian island of Java. A plant was collected by Arthur Francis George Kerr in 1910 from Northern Thailand.
It was transplanted to Kew Gardens where it flowered in August 1911. The species was first described by William Grant Craib. Hoya kerrii is the scientific name of this plant with interesting common names.
Sweetheart Plant is usually sold as a young, single small leaf. It stays unchanged during primary months. Then it grows quickly by approximately one meter per year. Hoya kerrii is a climbing plant that can grow up to 4 meters high.
Stems have a diameter of up to 7 mm. The leaves are up to 6 cm wide, 5 mm thick. The flowers, like most Hoya’s, are stunning. During the summer, clusters of white, burgundy-centered blooms provide a bold contrast to the deep green or variegated leaves.
Adult plants show inflorescences of 5 cm diameter and a mature plant can display up to 25 blooms. They produce small balls of nectar, colored red to brown. They smell faint or not at all.
It is quite easy to propagate and therefore making it easy to grow. It appeals to anyone looking for something beautiful. A plant makes a special novelty gift to give to a plant enthusiast, a friend, a lover, or any loved one.
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