Hoya merrillii

Hoya merrillii


Hoya merrillii (Wax Plant)

Hoya merrillii is a lovely Hoya with very attractive, glossy, dark green, veined leaves and yellow flowers when mature. It is fragrant and…

Hoya merrillii is endemic to the Philippines and is named after its collector, E.D. Merrill and was originally found at low altitude on trees on Mindoro Island. Later it was found to be much more widespread than originally thought.

I received a chopped up two leaf cutting of Hoya merrillii from Ted Green in 2018 that was purchased for me by a Hoya friend. The cutting arrived with very little stem, but I managed to pin in down to a moist soil mixture and get it rooted. This was a plant that presented no problems and budded up and flowered within the first year. The flowers were very sweetly scented and lasted 4 or 5 days.

One of the big selling points of Hoya merrillii is the very beautiful red leaves that it gets in high light. My leaves get this color from the LED lighting that I use in most of my grow tents. This Hoya used to be very easy to find and pretty inexpensive, but now like all Hoyas, as of this writing in 2020, it has become much pricier. I do however highly recommend it as a worthwhile acquisition for the lovely foliage, fragrant and frequent blooms, and easy growth habits.

Hoya Merrillii Magic Care Tips

Hoya Merrillii is a native plant from the Philippines and is one of the most stunning plants from the Hoya genus. This plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family and from the subfamily known as Asclepiadoideae.

This plant is epiphytic, meaning it needs the support of other plants to grow upwards. However, you can grow your plant hanging in pots, or if you want it to grow upwards, then you can provide it with some form of a support pole.

Hoya Merrillii Photo Credit: @bauer_greenhouse on Instagram

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