Lipstick Plant does well in hanging baskets or other containers where the vines can hang freely and flower prolifically.
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Lipstick Plant does well in hanging baskets or other containers where the vines can hang freely and flower prolifically. This houseplant is named for the bright red flowers that look like small tubes of lipstick. They are an easy going houseplant that requires occasion watering and bright, indirect light. Lipstick Plant has glossy, light green leaves and a trailing, cascading habit. Flowers are terminal, opening gradually in clusters on the ends of the branches. Lipstick Plants are known for their maroon flower that appears on the ends of the branches. As the true flower starts to emerge, the flower looks like a tube of lipstick. The petals of the flower are spotted with maroon and yellow, and are very attractive as well. Lipstick Plants flowers readily, requiring minimal conditions to be healthy and happy. They are easy to propagate, and do especially well in hanging baskets or plant stands where the flower can be admired. The foliage is bright green and waxy, making Lipstick Plant attractive when it's not flowering. It prefers to be in plenty of bright, indirect light and likes to dry out somewhat between watering. It's a low maintenance houseplant that rewards its keepers with pretty, tubular blooms.
History and Naming of Lipstick Plant:
Originally from Malaysia, Lipstick Plant is technically an epiphyte, living in the branches of trees without soil. These plants do not mind staying root bound, in fact they are more likely to flower when they're kept in small containers. Pruning after the Lipstick Plant flowers encourages the plant to stay compact and bushy, and the cuttings are the easiest way to propagate the plants. The flowers are relatively long lasting for houseplants, and take their time opening one by one. Aeschynanthus radicans is the Latin name for Lipstick Plant. Aeschynanthus comes from a combination of aischuno, to be ashamed, and anthos flower. Radicans means that the plant roots from its stems.