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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1971

16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

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


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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative billy42 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 PanamonCreel 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) lighter appearing petioles which in color are characterized by hues which predominantly range from oive to yellow green in fully matured leaves,
(d) variegated leaf blades which at the upper epidermis side are distinctively characterized by a green border area that surrounds an albino center field which has green blotches that are lighter in color than the border area and tend to concentrande along the surrounding border area, and which at the lower epidermis side are distinctively characterized by a field with green blotches that tend to concentrate along the margins of the leaf blade, and
(e) an inflorescence with a peduncle and sepals that are characeristically grayish red and/or moderate red and with pedicles that characteristically are dark pink in color.


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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