I have been growing Hoya 'Pubicalyx 'Silver Streak' with the silver streaks in the long leaves, and big umbels with nice red/pinkish blooms, that nearly blooms constantly,on a plant that is over 15 years old, and is now dying on me. I have taken cuttings and rooted them,and need to take more,before this one gives up. Its in a 12in pot, and it is potbound. I cant go bigger. I think it is just to tired, or old, I dont know. But it is still blooming and growing,but it is also dying fast.
But I just won a hoya on EBay called 'Pubicalyx Philippine Black Chimera'. It was a good buy for such an interesting description of a plant,a chimera? I thought they were only in African Violets. Anyway, then I see it is also called 'Hawaiian Purple'?, a form of 'Red Buttons'? So I dont know if I fell for a name, and I really am getting a 'Silver Pink' that MIGHT on occasion turn different colors? Or a Hawaiian Purple, or a 'Red Buttons'. I am totally confused. Does anyone know what I am going to get? Are they all the same plant? Just called different names? Am I going to get some really nice DARK or odd colored flowers, and odd colored leaves....it said that half the plant could start to grow dark leaves and darker flowers, then another half could revert to plain green leaves and 'Red Buttons' type flowers. I looked all these up on the internet, and the 'Hawaiian Purple' has these great almost black flowers,that I would LOVE to have!!!, this 'Chimera' has dark red blooms that look like my Silver Pink one. But they all seem to say they are the same plant. Are they?
So...have I been duped? And I am getting a plain ol' Silver Pink'? or is it the 'Hawaiian Purple', or is this Black Chimera a different plant totally? The new growth on it looks black! I am hoping that means the leaves will be dark red or some odd mix of colors. Can anyone clear this up for me...before I go and buy 'Hawaiian Purple'. I also am trying to buy a hoya that has huge leaves with raised yellowish veins, and white umbels of flowers?. Of course I cant recall the name now. But it says it is grown for its foliage as much as for its flowers...but I grow for flowers. My front porch smells like honey/orchids/chocolate nearly all year. My Lacunosa plants are so powerful it is great! Heck,now even my plain old simple 'Wax Plant' Compacta' is in full bloom all the time...you know, the simple pink blooms that makes a nice big ball of flowers. With the pretty green/white leaves, and new growth is sometimes red.
But I dont want to buy the same plant 3-4 times, if it is just the same plant, with a different name. So..are the names interchangeable? Or is this 'Black Chimera' going to be a good investment,and give me almost black flowers, hopefully fragrant, and unusual foliage? Or is it just a 'Hawaiian Purple' and i dont need to buy that one? HELP!