New Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

I have noticed that new hoya leaves can be very colorful in the beginning stages but none as black as this one and for as long as this one.  Hoya pentaphlebia is a hearty grower for the most part and the foliage fills out into a large plant fairly quickly.  The youngest blackest leaves are on near the top of the photo and the leaves that are about one week old are in the foreground.  If you think these are attractive…you should see the blooms!

This is a hoya that I hear little about and I feel is oddly overlooked. The hoya is one of the easiest to grow with the most rewards.  Although it looks like it can be a large plant…the vines are very flexible and easily trained to a support.  I have yet to try it as a hanging plant but I wouldn’t know why it wouldn’t be happy growing that way too.  The flowers begin on a young plant and continue 4-6 times per year on the same peduncle.  If you have yet to discover Hoya pentaphlebia, by all means do so when you have the chance to.

Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

Hoya pentaphlebia IML 0391

Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

Hoya pentaphlebia IML 0391

 

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