HOYA CILIATA (Eriostemma) IML 0390
THE BLACK HOYA
Hoya ciliata is a member of the Apocynaceae family and a member of the Eriostemma species.
It is one of the Hoya that like warmer conditions with some humidity. The flowers are around 25 – 50mm and maroon to almost black with a yellow corona, colour hence the name “The Black Hoya”. The fragrance is said to be like the smell of “Peanut Butter”.
The leaves are a paler /soft green with “hairy/ fuzzy” appearance. It will grow to around 2 metres with a twining habit. It likes full sun to partial shade.
INDOORS: Most Hoya are well suited to hanging baskets or ladders and can be grown indoors under pot culture in a warm position but flowering is sometimes difficult.
SOILS: The vine will enjoy most soil types but prefers well drained gravelly soils, moist but not wet, warm but frost free above 4 degrees.
PLANTING: Dig the hole twice the size of the pot and plant level with the surrounding soil. Mounding can help with wetter soils.
CARE: Prune after flowering but don’t cut off flower buds as flowers appear each year on them. Fertilise during growing period and withdraw water in the colder months. Mulch well to conserve water.
ENJOY THIS UNIQUE HOYA!