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Focus on Hoya pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’

Despite the name of Royal Hawaiian Purple, this hoya did not originate from Hawaii.  As a matter of fact, no hoyas are native to the Islands of Hawaii but to the regions near the Philippines, Thailand, Papa New Guinea etc.  On a trip to Hawaii a few years ago, I only found one plant vendor who had any knowledge of a hoya plant.

The pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’ is widely known for its pretty dark purple flowers and long dark green leaves with splotches of grey.  This is a fast grower evident in the photos below.  This particular plant was started with four or five cuttings less than one year ago.  Basically, I started the cuttings and when they were rooted I just forgot about the plant except for weekly waterings. This no special needs hoya is a must it you do not have time to hover over your plants to be sure they are healthy and happy.

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Young plant grown from 4-5 cuttings

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Leaves are speckled with Grey Splotches

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Flowers show a dark purple color

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Growth is very compact

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