I’m asked fairly often where my amazingly tough, easy-flowering, Hoya imperialis came from. Here is the truth as I know it. Carol Noel, Ted Green and his wife Dorothy were vacationing looking for Hoyas in Sabah, the easternmost state of Malaysia, on the Island of Borneo. They discovered a large imperialis growing up a tree and found a large seedpod which they split with both Carol and Dorothy growing out the seeds back home in Hawaii. Most of them did not amount to much, but Carol sold a number of the seedlings for only $5.00 each in a co-op on Dave’s Garden Hoya forum in 2009. I was lucky enough to order and receive one of those seedlings, which I believe was a one in a thousand plant. It flowered for the first time at only 18 months of age and has been amazing me ever since. Here are a couple more photos of the unaided plant flowering on my work windowsill during the darkest days of the year.