Hoya vitiensis – A Description of the Plant and Flowers

Hoya vitiensis is a very slow grower until it gets established and then can grow very rapidly.  It is currently twined around a number of other plants in my grow-tent.  The leaves are plain green and measure 3.25 to 4.25 inches (8 to 11 cm) long and are nothing special to look at.  The flowers measure about 7/8 inches across (2 cm), and are quite unusual and spectacular.  They are covered with very fine purple/gray hairs making the flowers very fuzzy.  The corona is yellow with a red center.  The tips of the corolla curl back strongly at the tips almost forming a small tube at the ends.  The flowers last a very long time; as I write this post, it has been 12 days since the flowers first opened, and they are still going strong.

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