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Lipstick Plant Aeschynanthus humilis

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Lipstick Plant:

Previously known as:

  • Aeschynanthus hildebrandii
Phonetic Spelling
es-ke-NAN-thus HEW-mil-is
Description

Lipstick Vine is a tropical perennial evergreen vine native to China and Indo-China. The plant is typically grown in a container that can be moved in over the winter or, indoors, as a houseplant. The blooms that appear in the summer appear to be extending from a lipstick tube, hence the common name. This genus of plants was originally an epiphytes living in damp forests. Thus, when grown indoors or in a container, use potting soil mixed with sphagnum and keep moist, but not soggy, using tepid water.

Lipstick Vine requires good lighting and semi-moist, well-drained soil conditions to grow. It also prefers warm and humid conditions. When placed outdoors, site it in dappled or partial shade. When grown as a houseplant, place it in a south or west facing window. In general, let the soil become slightly dry between watering.The plant prefers warmth, humidity and good light and does well under artificial light. A warm environment: 60° to 70°F at night; during resting period 65° to 70°F is best to encourage bud formation.Water regularly, especially if grown in hanging baskets. In winter, keep the plant cooler and drier, which will encourage bud set for new flowers. After flowering, prune stems back to a height of 6 inches or so to encourage new growth.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

Other than the problems common to indoor plants, Lipstick Vine has no known disease or insect issues. Drafts or improper watering can cause the lower leaves to drop. If the plants looks straggly, prune the longest stems back to 2 inches. If new growth does not appear, reduce water and withhold fertilizer.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Topaz'
    Yellow flower.
'Topaz'
Tags:
#houseplant#interiorscape#ornamental vine#long bloom time#tropical vine#flowering vine#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Topaz'
    Yellow flower.
'Topaz'
Tags:
#houseplant#interiorscape#ornamental vine#long bloom time#tropical vine#flowering vine#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aeschynanthus
    Species:
    humilis
    Family:
    Gesneriaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Indo-China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Cascading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11b, 11a, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Bright red to orange/yellow flowers bloom at the leaf tips of the plant. The sepals at the base of the flower are tinged red-purple and are 5-lobed to the middle of the 'tube'. The anthers and filaments of the stamen are in pairs at the apex. The pistil extends 1/2 to 1 1/4 inches from the base of the flower. When grown in the proper conditions, the lipstick plant flowers create a dramatic display.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, 1/2 to 1 inch wide, and present in whorls of 3 off of a petiole about 1/16 inch long. The upper surface of the leaf is smooth, the under surface of the leaf is hairy. The lateral veins in the leaf are invisible. Leaves may in whorls or opposite.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Hairy to smooth. Psuedo terminal buds.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests