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Hoya kerrii

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hoya (HOY-a) (Info)
Species: kerrii (KER-ee-eye) (Info)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

33 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem 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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4 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rldenni001 On Feb 10, 2015, rldenni001 from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This is a great plant, and grows like all of the other hoyas that I have. I bought it as a leaf and after a LOOOOOOONG time (probably a year), it finally started to grow new shoots from the base. For those that say the plants won't grow from leaf cuttings, it simply is not true. The leaf itself will not grow, however new shoots will come from the base of the plant. My advice is do not re-pot until you see new growth, and even then, make sure that it is in fact time to re-pot. My general rule of thumb is when you start to see more roots than soil. Don't go up into a huge pot right away, you should only pot up an inch or so at a time. For instance, if the pot is a 4 inch, the next pot should be no larger than a 6". It will likely take a couple of years before it needs to be repotted again. For my Hoyas, I typically re-pot after they bloom. They bloom best when they are a little root bound. When buying this plant as a single heart shaped leaf, it is for patient people. As long as the leaf doesn't wilt or rot, as long as it looks healthy, it will eventually make shoots and grow. Enjoy it!

Negative cdonnell On Aug 18, 2013, cdonnell from Santa Clara, CA wrote:

I bought what must be a leaf. It has a "living message' carved on it. I have had it for several months and it hasn't done anything. I was led to think it would grow but from what I see here, it isn't going to. Right? The leaf is flat too, not puffed out in any way, but not shriveled and dead or anything. Do I have a "mummy" leaf or something?
Any ideas?

Positive smurfwv On Sep 8, 2010, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this hoya, never seen a heart leaf one before. I got a cutting of this in December, and 6 months later got a new shoot on it, 2 feet long, and buds as well. I sure hope it grows more.

On a second note, this hoya is often sold with a single leaf in a pot. Those will never produce a plant because its just a leaf, and not a rooted stem with a axis bud.

Positive biskutmkr1947 On Jan 18, 2010, biskutmkr1947 from Hubert, NC wrote:

I purchased a short cutting of this plant from a vendor for $1.50 when I lived in Florida. I kept it outside except for winter when I brought it into the house. The plant didn't grow for about a year and I was going to throw it away when I noticed that it was starting to grow. It grew and grew. When it was about six feet long, it got two flowers that were absolutely beautiful. When I moved to Montana, I took the plant with me. I kept the plant in the house in a bright window but it died despite everything I tried to keep it alive. I was heartbroken. I have moved to North Carolina and hope to obtain another plant. I will baby that one so that I have it for years to come.

Positive weeding On Sep 26, 2003, weeding from Peachtree City, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hoyas are great plants to collect. The blooms sizes and colors are vast. Above says propagation by leaf cuttings. Leaf cuttings will root, but will not grow any larger. You must have some stem attached to the leaf cuttings to get a growing plant.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Brea, California
Carlsbad, California
San Francisco, California
Bartow, Florida
Indialantic, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Palm Bay, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Venice, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Canton, Mississippi
Chehalis, Washington
Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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