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Aeschynanthus pulcher

Lipstick plant

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Features

  • BloomsJune to December
  • Height0.6m to 2m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourBright red
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Aeschynanthus pulcher (Lipstick plant). This species has a climbing or trailing habit, and it can grow to a height of 2m. The leaves are oval with purple margins. The flowers are in terminal clusters and are bright red with yellow throats and appear all summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Epiphytic

Origin

Indonesia

Interest and use

Grown for its habit, foliage and flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Humus-rich, Loamy
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in a well-drained soil which is humus-rich. If growing under glass, grow in a medium of three parts sphagnum moss to one part peat substitute, such as coir. Water with rainwater or soft water. Soft, filtered light encourages the plant to flower.

Propagation

Semi-hardwood cuttings

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids and mealybugs

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