Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Hoya bella Hook.

Frost tender spreading to pendant, epiphytic shrub with arching, downy, soft stems, narrowly ovate, fleshy leaves, to 3cm long, and umbels, to 4cm across, of 7-9, star-shaped, sweetly scented white flowers, to 1.5cm across, with red-violet coronas, in summer.  To 45cm by 45cm.  [RHSE].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The most lovely of all the Hoyas, to which a figure (as in the case of most flowers with much white) is little calculated to do justice.  It cannot be called a climber, but the branches are diffuse, copiously leafy, so that the leaves (unlike those in H. carnosa) form a dark back-ground to the delicate umbels of flowers, with leaves in shape resembling those of a Myrtle, and flowers more lively and differently formed from those of Hoya carnosa, and most deliciously scented.  The corolla is a purer white, and the corona a deeper purple: resembling an amethyst set in frosted silver.  It is a native of the Taung Kola mountain, Moulmein, and has been imported, through their collector, Mr. Thomas Lobb, by Messrs. Veitch and Sons of Exeter, where treated like an Aeschynanthus, or an epiphyte, we had the pleasure of seeing this “first gem of the air” blossoming in great perfection, in June, 1848.  It is a free bloomer, and the flowers last many days in high beauty.’  [BM t.4402/1848]. 

Flore des Serres figures it and desribes it growing in a hanging basket.  [FS f. 399/1848 and misc.201/1849].  FC p.121/1849.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues .  Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  Believed by Macarthur to be a new introduction at that time.  [ML A1980-3].


Published Feb 23, 2010 - 04:57 PM | Last updated Feb 23, 2010 - 05:08 PM

Figured are paired ovate leaves and umbels of star-shaped white flowers with red centre.  Flore des Serres f.399, 1848.

Hoya bella Hook. | FS f.399/1848 | BHL.  This figure is identical to the one previously published in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.

Family Asclepiadaceae
Region of origin

Himalayas and Burma

  • Hoya lanceolata Wall. ex D.Don subsp. bella (Hook.) D.H.Kent
Common Name

Beautiful Hoya

Name in the Camden Park Record

Hoya bella 

Confidence level high