Reverse Variegated Hindu Rope Hoya, Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower
Hoya compacta 'Mauna Loa'

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hoya (HOY-a) (Info)
Species: compacta (kom-PAK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mauna Loa
Additional cultivar information:(PP3310, aka Picta, Lura Lei)
Hybridized by Cobia
Registered or introduced: 1971

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Variegated

Succulent

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

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

Regional

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

, British Columbia

Carlsbad, California

Mission Viejo, California

Waterloo, Iowa

Senecaville, Ohio

Chireno, Texas

Zapata, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 19, 2012, billy42 from St. Petersburg, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is a hotel for mealy bugs in my experience. I love the look and the smell of the blooms, Chocolate cupcakes. It is very hardy to cool temps and stands a bit of neglect on the watering.

Neutral

On Jun 28, 2005, PanamonCreel from Celaya
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

This cultivar was patented by Barnell L. Cobia as 'Mauna Loa''.
Here description taken from the Patent info:
(the most important parts are bolded for better understanding)

The new distinct variety of the milkweed family substantially as herein shown and described and characterized in particular as to novelty by a growth habit providing speciments which are structurally closely similar in apearance to plant specimens of the Hoya compacta variety but which are distinguishable therefrom by a combination of the following distinctive characeristics:
(a) a more compact growth habit
(b) lighter appearing stems which in color are characterized by hues which predominantly range from pink to orange yellow in fully matured stems,
(c) ... read more