These past months, my interest for Hoyas grew from mere curiosity to full-blown addiction. Who would not fall for these climbing plants’ unique flowers? My first Hoya was a carnosa, a piece given to my Mom by an acquaintance and which I have written about in a previous post.
Since writing about carnosa, I began my search for other varieties, found some here and there – and alas! I have started my small Hoya collection. I’ll be writing about each of these in succeeding entries.
For now, here’s Hoya mindorensis superba. One of only a handful of Hoyas with flowers that come close to being true red. This particular specie was discovered in the Philippines, as a lot of other Hoyas were. What makes this Hoya more interesting is the fact that at night, it emits a scent very similar to my childhood sweet-tooth favorite — Kendi Mint, a brand of mint candy with chocolate at the center. Back then, Kendi Mint was L-O-V-E.
Hoya mindorensis superba is truly a must-have. Place it in your garden under trees, or by your east-facing window. I have several cuttings now, made soon after the flowers have wilted. They are now inside a greenhouse where they get generous amounts of filtered light. Once established, I’ll feed to coax them to grow vigorously and start blossoming again soon. Uh oh, I can’t wait.