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Lipstick Vine Aeschynanthus radicans

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Lipstick Vine:

Previously known as:

  • A.pulcher or A.lobbianus
  • Trichosporun radicans (Jack) Nees
Phonetic Spelling
es-keh-NAN-thus RAD-ih-kans
Description

Lipstick Plant is a tropical epiphyte that is a popular and striking houseplant with ts bright red tubular flowers.  Its name comes from the Greek word auschune, meaning shame, anthos, meaning flower, and radicans meaning having rotting stems.  

Place the plant in bright indirect light, where soil temperatures will stay between 65-70 degrees, spring through fall.  During the winter, it can be kept a bit cooler and drier.  If the temperature falls below 50 degrees, leaf drop will occur.  The Lipstick Plant enjoys regular misting, but be aware that this should be done early in the day when the mist will dry quickly to avoid fungus.  Water them often, but be sure the potting soil has good drainage.  

Using a 3:1:2 slow release liquid fertilizer during the growing season will encourage leaf growth and blooming.  

This is an easy plant to propagate and share with friends, by taking a three node soft stem cutting at a 45-degree angle.  Remove all but 2-4 leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone, then put the cutting in a container of vermiculite and perlite mix.  Roots should appear in two weeks.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Insects affecting Lipstick plant include aphids, mealybugs, and mites.  Botrytis blight and leaf spot are diseases that can occur.  Fungal problems can be avoided by keeping leaves dry and out of contact with potting medium.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Curly'
    Leaves curl and twist.
  • 'Mona Lisa'
    Orange-red flowers
  • 'Rasta'
    Densely curled leaves.
  • 'Tangerine'
    Orange-yellow flowers.
  • 'Variegata'
    Cream and green variegated leaves.
'Curly', 'Mona Lisa', 'Rasta', 'Tangerine', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#red#showy flowers#yellow#container plant#showy#red flowers#yellow flowers#fleshy leaves#epiphytic#tubular flowers#low maintenance#hanging baskets#disease resistant#pest resistant#vines#malodorus#container#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Curly'
    Leaves curl and twist.
  • 'Mona Lisa'
    Orange-red flowers
  • 'Rasta'
    Densely curled leaves.
  • 'Tangerine'
    Orange-yellow flowers.
  • 'Variegata'
    Cream and green variegated leaves.
'Curly', 'Mona Lisa', 'Rasta', 'Tangerine', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#red#showy flowers#yellow#container plant#showy#red flowers#yellow flowers#fleshy leaves#epiphytic#tubular flowers#low maintenance#hanging baskets#disease resistant#pest resistant#vines#malodorus#container#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aeschynanthus
    Species:
    radicans
    Family:
    Gesneriaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Peninsula Thailand to W. & Central Malesia
    Wildlife Value:
    In its native habitat, nectar from the tubular red flowers attracts hummingbirds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant has no significant insect or pest problems.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Houseplant
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Cascading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    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
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    1.5" long capsule.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    This plant flowers freely with terminal flower clusters. Buds appear first and resemble tubes of lipstick, hence the common name. Tubular scarlet red flowers follow, with yellow throats and 5-lobed petals that are shorter on top than bottom and have leaf like bracts at the base The fragrance of the flower is malodorus (unpleasant)
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are smooth, often thick and leathery, storing water in case of drought.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Smooth/Hairless
    Stem Description:
    Smooth, hairless stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests
    Problems:
    Malodorous