Hoya brevialata is perfect for planting in a hanging basket. It is an ideal choice for those who are looking for a low-maintenance plant that can thrive in indirect sunlight.

Scientific Name

Hoya brevialata Kleijn & Donkelaar

Common Name(s)

Many-flowered Hoya, Porcelain Flower, Shooting Star Hoya, Wax Plant


Asclepias stellata, Centrostemma multiflorum, Cyrtoceras multiflorum

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Marsdenieae
Genus: Hoya


The specific epithet «brevialata (brev-ee-uh-LAY-tuh) means «short wings» and refers to the typically short anther wings.


Hoya brevialata is native to Sulawesi, an island in Indonesia. It grows as a prostrate and pendant epiphyte in primary forest.


Hoya brevialata is an impressive plant that forms large clumps of prostrate and pendent stems with subcircular to elliptic leaves. The leaves are fleshy and stiff and can grow up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, attached to the stem by a short petiole. They are pale green or yellowish to reddish when exposed to intense sunlight. When young, the stems and leaves are covered with short, soft hair.

During summer, the plant produces attractive clusters of 15 to 25 fragrant flowers. The corolla is up to 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) in diameter and has finely hairy, almost white to reddish lobes, usually curled back. The corona is red and yellow, with the inner lobes held much higher than the outer.

Hoya brevialata
In cultivation, Singapore. Photo by Bun Tay. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

How to Grow and Care for Hoya brevialata

Light: Even if this plant can tolerate lower light levels, it may become weak and leggy if the light is too low, producing fewer leaves and flowers. Therefore, keeping it indoors in bright, indirect sunlight is best.

Soil: Well-draining soil that provides excellent aeration and does not hold too much water is most important for growing a healthy plant.

Temperature: Hoya brevialata thrives in hot and humid climates, so keep it away from drafty windows and doorways during the colder months. It grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 11a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 40 to 50 °F (4.4 to 10 °C).

Watering: As this plant is sensitive to overwatering, soak the soil thoroughly during the spring and summer, but allow it to dry out before watering again. Otherwise, you will increase the risk of root rot, and your plant will not be happy. It is relatively dormant during the fall and winter and needs only moderate watering.

Fertilizing: While Hoya brevialata is not a particularly heavy feeder, it can benefit from high-potassium fertilizer at half strength every two weeks during the growing season.

Repotting: As an epiphyte, this plant has shallow root systems and does need a deep container. It also does not require frequent repotting. It actually prefers to be slightly rootbound, so repot it in spring only if it outgrows its container.

Propagation: Although layering is the easiest, using stem cuttings is the most popular method of propagating Hoya brevialata. Using leaf cuttings can be more challenging, while starting it from seeds is the simplest but the most time-consuming method. For best results, take cuttings only when the plant is actively growing and sow the seeds in spring and summer.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hoya.

Toxicity of Hoya brevialata

Hoya brevialata is considered non-toxic, so having it around kids and pets is safe.


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