Of all the plants i’ve had in my garden the Hoya might just be my very favourite – and i have two quite large plants. They may even beat my beloved poppies! (But it’s a close call) 🙂
Hoyas are also called Wax Plants or Porcelainflowers. Each flower is star shaped and they usually form perfectly hemispherical clumps of 30 to 40 or more flowers. Each flower is covered in a fuzz of tiny hairs and they often ooze nectar, forming large sweet drips that will fall to the ground if no insect is quick enough to catch them first. When forming the flowers are encased in a waxy looking outer cover of dark red-brown that slowly turns to a pink pentagon shaped tip before bursting out into this fuzzy light pink flower you see below.
It is a climbing vine and this one is on a stretch of my border fence and reaches 2 metres high by 4 metres wide (6 x 12 ft)