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Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus spp.

Lipstick Plant Plant Features

Lipstick plant is a beautiful flowering indoor plant prized for its shiny foliage and interesting flowers. It gets its name because the flower buds peek out of dark-colored tubes, looking like a miniature tube of women's lipstick.

This tropical houseplant puts on a lovely display in front of a bright window and is an excellent choice for adding a splash of color to brightly lit kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms. 

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Lipstick Plant Growing Instructions

Grow lipstick plant in a medium to bright spot. The more light it gets, the better lipstick plant will bloom. If you have a lipstick plant that won't produce flowers, try moving it to a brighter spot. 

Water lipstick plant enough to keep the soil moist, but not wet or saturated for extended periods. Don't let lipstick plant wilt, but also take care not to overwater it. If this houseplant stays too wet, it will suffer from root rot.

Fertilize lipstick plant monthly in spring and summer to help it produce lots of flowers. Use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the product's packaging.

Note: This plant is not intended for human or animal consumption. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Lipstick Plant with these varieties:
Alsobia is a related plant that likes similar conditions to lipstick plant. It has charming white flowers.

Accent lipstick plant's beautiful flowers with a companion planting of variegated ivy.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Aeschynanthus longicaulis Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus longicaulis

Black Pagoda lipstick plant is grown more for its mottled, variegated foliage than for its smallish green flowers.

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Aeschynanthus 'Cassiopeia' Cassiopeia Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus 'Cassiopeia'

Cassiopeia is a dramatic variety that has bright red flowers that emerge from dark purple-red buds.

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Aeschynanthus radicans 'Curly' Curly Q Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Curly'

Curly Q is a unique variety that offers dark green leaves that curl and twist, giving the houseplant a unique, unusual appearance.

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Aeschynanthus radicans 'Krakau' Krakau Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Krakau'

Krakau lipstick plant has shiny, dark green leaves and rich red flowers.

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Aeschynanthus micranthus 'Variegata' Mini Variegated Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus micranthus 'Variegata'

Mini variegated lipstick plant offers medium-green leaves spattered in golden-yellow variegation and small reddish flowers.

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Aeschynanthus radicans 'Mona Lisa' Mona Lisa Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Mona Lisa'

Mona Lisa lipstick plant is a lovely houseplant that has dark green leaves and red-orange flowers.

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Aeschynanthus 'Purple Star' Purple Star Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus 'Purple Star'

Purple star boasts lush green leaves and red flowers flushed with violet.

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Aeschynanthus radicans 'Rasta' Rasta Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Rasta'

Sometimes also called twisted lipstick plant, Rasta has unusual twisted leaves and rich red flowers.

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Aeschynanthus radicans Red Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans

Red lipstick plant has shiny green leaves and bright red flowers.

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Aeschynanthus radicans 'Tangerine' Tangerine Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Tangerine'

Tangerine lipstick plant is a fun variety with green leaves and orange-yellow flowers.

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Aeschynanthus radicans 'Variegata' Variegated Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Variegata'

Variegated lipstick plant is a stunning variety that has white-streaked leaves and red-orange flowers.

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