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Hoya Kentiana Variegata


The Hoya Kentiana Variegata is one of the more desired hoya cultivars on the market today and a favorite in our shop. It's recognizable by showy, fleshy narrow green green leaves with creamy white centers and dark green edges. New growth will appear pink. When cared for properly this plant blooms parachute clusters of star-shaped, red to purple flowers with a dark 5-point center. This plant appreciates bright, indirect light and needs humidity to thrive. Hoya Kentiana looks exceptionally good in a hanging basket arrangement or flowing over the side of a decorative planter.

Hoya is a genus of 200–300 species of tropical plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. The Hoya genus was named by botanist Robert Brown, in honour of his friend, botanist Thomas Hoy. There are over 300 known Hoya species with different foliage shapes, colors and flowers.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Hoya Kentiana Variegata
  • Common Name: Hoya Kentiana, Wax Plant, Bamboo Leaf
  • Phonetic Spelling: kent-ee-AY-nuh
  • Family: Apocynaceae 
  • Native Range: Eastern Asia and Australia

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Allow to dry out between watering. Avoid over-watering. Hoyas have a shallow root system -- when watering, water slowly and evenly and ensure proper drainage.
  • Humidity: 50-80%
  • Temperature: 60–85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Use a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every month during the spring and summer only. 
  • Propagation: Cuttings, Division
  • Pests: Look out for aphids, spider mites, mealybugs and other scale insects. Rinse foliage occasionally under low pressure water to keep clean and dislodge any pests.
  • Toxicity: Hoya are widely known to be non-toxic to humans and animals yet if ingested may cause reactions in certain individuals. More research is needed in this area. As with all plants, we recommend you exercise caution around children and pets and keep plants out of reach.