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Hoya multiflora

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hoya (HOY-a) (Info)
Species: multiflora (mul-tih-FLOR-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Centrostemma multiflora
Synonym:Centrostemma platypetalum
Synonym:Hoya floribunda

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38 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive allgr8dogs On Dec 13, 2009, allgr8dogs from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I grow this plant in my classroom, in a North facing window. I water it once a week (except over Christmas break) and use the same fertilyzing program as with my African Violets. It bloom almost continuously. Another little bonus is that when raised inside the blossoms have drops of nectar that I let my students taste - now they know what hummingbirds like about nectar.

Positive tres_mal On Jul 18, 2007, tres_mal from Lawrence, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

My plant is quite happy in a north-facing window in the summer and in the winter gets a regular, store-bought "plant light". I water every four or five days because if I don't the leaves will yellow and drop. It doesn't seem to mind water in the dish, either. It regrows quickly after a pruning (all those dropped leaves...) and roots easily in water. It also flowers quite freely, though I haven't noticed a scent. Quite easy to care for, as long as you remember to water it, and looks lovely trained on a trellis or trailing.

Positive MsKitty On Jun 19, 2006, MsKitty from Chowchilla, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

For those growing this as a houseplant in the Pacific Northwest, I have noticed it thrives in a west/southwest-facing window.

Positive PanamonCreel On May 30, 2004, PanamonCreel from Celaya
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

Hoya multiflora, published 1823 by Blume in Catalogus. 49.
belongs to the Centrostemma group of Hoyas. Unofficially some place this species under the Genus of Centrostemma and not Hoya due to it's more or less shrubby growth and differing flowers.
Native to: China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.
Upright growth, often branching creating a shrubby look. Trim top if not branching. It is said that in the wild it has been seen growing vine like up trees.
Leaves are very thin and wavy around the edges.
Exudes thick milky white sap when cut or broken.
In general very easy to grow and flowers early on but is prone to "bud blast" if it dislikes growing conditions. May flower several times from same flower stem but also may throw it after the first blooms faded.
Use well draining soil and keep consistently moist (can keep pot in saucer of water), likes it warm and humid and doesn't tolerate cold drafts too well.
There are also variegated and spotted leaf forms available in the trade.

Info below is from "Flora Online, Flora of China":
Plants glabrous throughout except for corolla throat. Stems erect or decumbent, to 2.5 m tall, pale gray, yellowish when dry, with persistent leaf scars. Petiole 1-2 cm; leaf blade oblong-lanceolate, 8-18 × 2-6 cm, thick papery when dried, base cuneate, apex obtusely acuminate; lateral veins obscure. Inflorescences extra-axillary, subterminal, or terminal, hemispherical, many flowered; peduncle stout, 1.5-3 cm. Pedicel 3.5-7 cm. Sepals ovate, ca. 2.5 × 1.7 mm; glands many, linear. Corolla yellowish white with orange lobe apices, 1.6-1.8 cm, strongly reflexed from base; limb ca. 6 mm, throat white villous; lobes oblong-triangular, ca. 1.2 × 0.8 cm. Corona on distinct stalk; lobes yellow, narrowly lanceolate, 8-9 mm, outer angles extended into acuminate spurs, inner angles acuminate, higher than stigma head. Follicles linear-lanceolate in outline, 12-18 cm. Seeds ovate, ca. 4 × 2 mm; coma to 5 cm. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Sep-Dec.
Open forests, bushlands; 500-1200 m.

Positive Gemila On May 27, 2004, Gemila from Decatur, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I keep the soil to both my Hoya Multiflora & H. Multiflora variagated moist or at times sitting in a little bit of water. Mine are kept as indoor plants (zone 5). I keep mine out of drafts from the ac/heat vents otherwise I have noticed it will blast the buds. When ever I've let the plant dry out it drops its buds and has on occasion gotten brown tips on the leaves. They both are constant bloomers and I have not noticed any fragrance in the blooms.

Neutral Floridian On Apr 13, 2002, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Hoya multiflora’s native range is from the Philippines to Indonesia and west to Peninsular Malaysia. It has been given many common names, the most used being 'Shooting Star’ Hoya. It is very different from other species of Hoya for its bushy upright habit. A shrubby plant with thin, succulent leaves and clusters of yellow and white waxy flowers resemble shooting stars. A great Hoya for those with small areas. Some H multiflora have silver flecked leaves. Give this plant bright filtered light and a minimum temperature of 60 degrees. Let dry between waterings.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
San Francisco, California
Miami, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Haiku, Hawaii
Kailua Kona, Hawaii (2 reports)
Naperville, Illinois
Lawrence, Kansas
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Whitestone, New York
Morganton, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Humble, Texas
Mansfield, Texas
Plano, Texas

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