Discovered in the early 1800s, the Hoya 'Bella' was first discovered by a Cornish plant collector named Thomas Lobb. By 1849, ‘Bella’ reached European markets and was sold for 63 shillings at the time. That's roughly equivalent to $580 in 2022.
The Hoya Bella is a tropical epiphyte that can be found growing in the canopies of tropical rainforests in northeast India. The leaves have a lanceolate shape, with the base of the leaf tapering into a narrow point. ‘Bella’ boasts bright white star-shaped flowers with a vibrant purple daisy-shaped center.
Grow Pot Size: 4”
Overall Height Including Grow Pot: 5-7"
Plant Care Level: Easy
Hoyas are sometimes referred to as “scent mimics”. These scent mimics can have a wide range of scents. Some can smell as honey while others like the ‘Corpse flower’ can smell of rotting meat. Most Hoya’s smells are reminiscent of vanilla, chocolate and other confectioner goods. The ‘Hoya bella’ is said to smell particularily sweet!
Hoya ‘Bella’ Care Tips
Other Common Names: Wax Vine, Waxflower, The Beautiful Flower
Binomial Name: Hoya bella
Care Level: Easy to medium
Light: Bright indirect to filtered bright light
Water: Allow soil to dry completely
Pet Friendly: Yes
The Hoya ‘Bella’ Story
Where is it from?
The Hoya ‘Bella’ is native to northeastern India, around the border of Myanmar.
Who is the Hoya ‘Bella’?
Hoya ‘Bella’ is a bushy perennial. Well suited for hanging baskets the dense vines and flower clusters tend to hang downwards.
Is the Hoya ‘Bella’ the right plant for me?
Most Hoya’s are easy to care for, they just require a suitable environment. Provide them with lots of light and a barky growing medium. They are susceptible to root rot if they are being water to frequently or planted in soil. Let the succulent leaves do the work for you and stick to watering your hoya every 7 to 14 days.
Pet Friendly: Yes, the Hoya is pet-friendly.
Location Suggestions: Hoya prefers higher humidity so place your plant in a location such as your bathroom or kitchen.