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Native to Southern and SE Asia, this plant is actually an herb.

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Lipstick Plant   Black Pagoda (Aeschynanthus pulcher)

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Scarlet Basket Vine

This is an evergreen, tropical perennial that prefers a hot, humid climate and is suitable for growing indoors. It is considered an herb, though it is a vine and can be trained as a climber. It is often used in baskets as well. The leaves can vary from somewhat large, thick and shiny to smaller and softer, to almost succulent like, where as A. pulcher 'Black Pagoda' has mottled leaves. Some species are nicknamed Lipstick Plant due to their long tubular flowers that resemble red lipstick as they are budding.

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Plant Types: Interior Plant, Perennial
Light: Shade to Partial Sun
Height: 2 feet to 2 feet 6 inches
Width: 1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet
Zones: 14a to 15b
Bloom Color: Red, Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native
Shape: Spreading or horizontal
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food, Miracle-Gro® Liquid All Purpose Houseplant Food
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Plant Care

The Lipstick vine can be propagated via cuttings.

Plant Growth:

Does best with full, but not direct sun. Performs well with heat and humidity.


High intensity light can optimize the budding flowers that resemble lipstick. These come is orange, red, yellow, tri-color (orange, red, yellow) and even green and whitish blooms. Usually blooms in late summer and early fall.

Soil and Irrigation:

The compost should consist of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part sand. It can also be grown as an epiphyte, as it is found in the crevices of tree trunks/branches. Though most species prefer slight drying-out in between waterings, A. hildebrandii, may be less tolerant of drought. So in general, it does best with regular water and well-drained soil. Water needs are less in the winter. Do not over water. Mist regularly, particularly in a dry climate.


You can fertilize the plant often during the growing season. Otherwise it is not necessary.