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Hoya linearis

A trailing, semi-succulent perennial with slender stems bearing opposite pairs of fleshy, linear leaves to 5cm long. In late summer it may produce clusters of 10-13 fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Apocynaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing
Genus

Hoya are evergreen perennials, often twining climbers, with simple, leathery leaves and often fragrant flowers with 5 spreading waxy petals, followed by slender, spindle-shaped pods contained small seeds in copious silky floss

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a fast-draining, loam-based compost with added extra organic matter. Position in bright, indirect light with shade from hot sun. In growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid feed monthly; keep just moist in winter. Hoyas resent repotting and can stay in the same pot for many years. See hoya cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by layering in spring or summer; root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

See pruning group 11, after flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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