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With a name like Lipstick plant, you'd expect something glamourous and the Aeschynanthus Japhrolepis doesn't disappoint! It produces red flowers that bloom from dark buds, looking just like - yep you guessed it - a lipstick tube. Its part of the Gesneriaceae family and native to Malaysia and Indonesia.
This plant's Latin name of Aeschynanthus is roughly translated to mean 'shame and flower' - although, when displayed in your home we'd rather hope you feel like a proud plant parent instead.
Avoid over-watering as this can cause fungal problems or even root rot. If the leaves go yellow in colour, show your lipstick plant some more light. Finally, prune after flowering season to keep them coming back.
How to Keep me Happy
Light: I like bright, indirect light
Water: Water me when my top 2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch
Expert Level: I'm perfect for those new to plant parenthood
Sizing: W15cm x H/Length 40-50cm (Hanging)
Air-Purifying: I can help you to relax and boost your mood
Pet-Friendly: I'm safe around your furry friends and little people
Jo's Top Tip
When winter comes around, reduce watering to give the Aeschynanthus Japhrolepis a seasonal break in the cooler months. During growing season, feed with a balanced houseplant fertiliser.
(Does not include decorative pot.)