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Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' (Variegated Sweetheart Hoya)


Scientific Name

Hoya kerrii 'Variegata'

Common Names

Variegated Sweetheart Hoya, Variegated Valentine Hoya, Variegated Wax Hearts


Hoya kerrii var. albomarginata

Scientific Classification

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


Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' is a slow-growing, semi-succulent plant with variegated heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are bright green with creamy-yellow or white margins and emerge on vining stems that grow up to 13 feet (4 m) long. They are up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, and up 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) thick. Flowers are small, star-shaped, and creamy-white with pink to rose-purple centers. They are produced in clusters along the stems.

Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' (Sweetheart Hoya)

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USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Hoyas don't ask for much beyond the well-draining soil and the warm, humid conditions that many tropical flowers crave. They don't like wet feet or heavy soil, and as many grow as epiphytes in nature. Give them at least a half-day of sunshine and bring them indoors when temperatures drop below 50 °F (10 °C).

When your Hoya finishes blooming, leave the flower stalk, as it may produce new flowers. Removing the stalk forces the plant to produce a new stalk, which delays blooming and wastes its energy. These plants are light feeders, and a monthly drink of compost tea or dilute fish emulsion provides all the nutrition these tropicals need. Hoyas like the security of a snug pot and plants that are a bit root bound will flower more prolifically than those that are swimming around in a giant pot.

Propagate Hoyas by cuttings of top growth or by leaf cuttings. The average cutting or leaf will produce a blooming plant in 2 years or less. The easiest method of propagation is by layering.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hoya.


Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' is a variegated cultivar of Hoya kerrii.


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