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Aeschynanthus sp., Lipstick Plant, Lipstick Vine
Aeschynanthus 'Caroline'

Aeschynanthus sp.

Lipstick Plant, Lipstick Vine
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeRegular waterModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

A very attractive flowering vine, that is mostly used in hanging pots. Water freely durning spring to fall, but keep the soil a little drier in the winter. The trailing stems can be 2ft long, so they may need pruning after flowering has finished. The plant tolerates most house temperatures. Ideal temperatures are 60 degrees at night but 10 to 15 degrees higher during the day. A. pulcher is one of the classic lipstick plants, and is similar to A. lobbianus -- except for the tan colored calyx.

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Sharon Stauth, public accnt. Wichita,Ks USAUSDA Zone:Zon25 Dec 2009
I put my lipstick plant outside, direct Kansas summer sun,(90 degrees+) next to a rock water fountain, and it was very happy. I never got the pretty red shark-shaped flowers, however, only just little red buds on the ends. Hope it survives the winter in my cold,old historic house!
John Griffis honolulu Hawaii USAUSDA Zone:10-5 Nov 2007
There are several pictures here of different Aeschynanthus plants, but there is also one picture of a Columnea (with yellow flowers borne on the middled of the branches). Columnea is South American and Aeschynanthus (lipstick vine) is Asian, but their growth habit is very similar. However, Columnea will bear flowers all along the stems, where as Aeschynanthus only bears flowers at the end of the hanging stems. Flower colors may be quite similar as well and care would be the same for either.

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