I obtained this particular cultivar from a dear friend of mine, Ara. The intriguing story behind this cultivar involves a mix-up, as it was mistakenly sold to her as Hoya 'Svetlana'. To an inexperienced Hoya collector, the resemblance might seem uncanny, but having grown both plants here in our greenhouses, I can attest to their distinct differences.
Both types of Hoya boast somewhat succulent leaves that taper to a pointy end. However, this cultivar exhibits unique characteristics. If grown in low light, the leaves tend to be slightly thinner, while in a bright environment, they have no difficulty developing a thicker form. What sets this one apart further is the beautiful maroon margin it produces when nurtured in bright light.
I can't recommend this cultivar enough to all Hoya enthusiasts. Its striking appearance and responsive growth make it a fascinating addition to any collection. For optimal results, I strongly advise growing it in bright, shaded light. This will allow the plant to thrive and showcase its distinct features, making it a rewarding experience for both novice and seasoned Hoya collectors alike.
Recreate conditions under a tree canopy, where plants receive lots of light, but it is filtered through the foliage of the trees above. Your light should be bright enough to cast soft shadows.
Low Humidity: Ideally Above 40%
This Hoya tolerates a drier environment. However, it could still benefit from light humidity care, including misting and grouping together with other houseplants. May require humidifier in cooler, drier months.
Intermediate: Lowest 60F
This hoya does not require high heat, but does not tolerate cold as well as other varieties.
This plant has evolved to shift color when exposed to bright sunlight, much like a human getting a tan. This does not harm the plant with proper care.