Hoya carnosa Compacta, Hindu Rope, Krinkle Kurls

Hoya carnosa Compacta

Hindu Rope, Krinkle Kurls
Family: Apocynaceae    (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: South East Asia through Australia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeShadeModerate waterEpiphyte plantRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Hoya carnosa Compacta, also known as Hindu Rope, is a groundcover and low-growing shrub plant native to South East Asia through Australia. It features ornamental foliage with interesting curled leaves. Each leaf is dappled with red, crimson and vinous colors. The beautiful blooms of Hindu Rope are fragrant and attract butterflies, Hummingbirds and other pollinators. The lower portion of the stem tends to take on an interesting rope-like shape hence the common name. It is quite a slow-growing plant, but with the right kind of care, it can turn out to be a showstopper in any garden.

Hindu Rope can grow in full or partial shade. They prefer moderate watering and are quite tolerant of salt, making them a greatly suitable choice in seaside plantings. In USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11 they are evergreen and need extra focus on fertilizer, potting mix and plenty of sunshine. If the Hindu Rope is grown in cooler climates with snow and frost, the plant should be in a pot and moved indoors during cold season. The soil should be well-aerated and light with a neutral pH and with plenty of organic material. During the growing season, use a balanced liquid fertilizer for best results. Pruning is not required, but in case you want to keep the plant compact, you can prune after flowering. Make sure to sterilize your pruning tool beforehand to avoid the spread of disease.

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