Hoya pubicalyx, Harlequin Wax Plant

Hoya pubicalyx

Harlequin Wax Plant
Family: Apocynaceae    (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: Philippines
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliagePink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Hoya pubicalyx is an evergreen groundcover that is low-growing, rarely reaching a height of 2ft. It is native to the Philippines and belongs to the Apocynaceae family. It prefers semi-shade and moderate watering making this an excellent choice for new or experienced gardeners. Its pink flowers are fragrant and extremely attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds. The foliage is always a pleasure to view, looking much like a miniature green pine tree.

When mature, it is cold hardy at least to 30 degrees Fahrenheit for a short time, making it an excellent choice for those in USDA Zones 10-11. When growing in a pot or container, this plant should be taken indoors when temperatures drop to keep the roots from freezing.

When caring for your Hoya pubicalyx, it is important to make sure you water them regularly and keep the soil moist but not soggy. Feed them on a regular basis with a general purpose fertilizer. When in bloom, it may also need additional feed. If planted in pots or containers, you may need to re-pot it every two or three years as the roots can quickly fill an existing pot or container. Pruning is necessary to keep the plant neat and to promote new growth.

With the right care, your Hoya pubicalyx can be a beautiful addition to any garden or home. It will thrive in USDA Zones 10-11. With proper care and maintenance, this striking plant will be sure to bring pleasure to your garden for years to come.

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