What's that you say? You don't know what a hoya is? Not surprising if you don't live in the tropics. Here, I'll show you.
Now, this lovely plant is a Hoya and is just one of thousands of cultivars in existence . This one in particular was given to me by my Aunt Marisol. She works as a florist and has many different varieties in her Southern Florida home. Actually, she only gave me a tiny little sprig from one of her plants and in two years it's grown like gangbusters--most of it last summer while it spent the summer hanging out on the porch.
|Pretty waxy flower on the tropical Hoya plant|
Some Hoyas have a chocolate scent--yes, chocolate!-- to the flowers and others somewhat like orchids. Thankfully, this one is nearly scent-free. The last time I had a houseplant unexpectedly blooming Tommy sneezed for a week! Don't want to do that again!
For now, I'm enjoying my blooming Hoya and I plan on setting it outside for the summer months again. We'll see how long this vining plants grows!