Setting up for the photo shoot, I noticed that Hoya ‘Joy’ flowers are very flawed this time around. The ball of blooms measures approximately 1.5 inches across and has 31 flowers in total. As a rule each flower has 5 corona scales which are fleshy and easy to spot. On this umbel I notice about half of the coronas contain only 4 lobes and one only has 3 lobes. I find this very odd and out of the ordinary. I often chuckle I spot this oddity but this is the very first time I have noticed a ‘three’ on any hoya. This same plant is about to open bloom on another umbel this week and I am curious to see how the coronas are developed on this second bunch of flowers.
Hoya ‘Joy’ is a cultivar (Hoya sp. Laos x Hoya vitellina) that grows easy and blooms usually 3 times per year here at SRQHoyas. Although short lived, the blooms are open long enough to enjoy and usually bloom on multiple umbel throughout the mature plant. The fragrance of the flowers is a slight citrus with an after scent of earthy. The scent is not strong by evident when I actually sniff the umbel. This is a fairly large plant but has very flexible vines so it can be tamed and trained to grow around a hoop or trellis easily.