General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Common names
  • Lipstick Plant

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Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-07-19

Date: May 8, 2010
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-08-21 
Forming lots of seedpods!

Date: May 8, 2010
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-09-19
  • Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Jun 20, 2017 7:43 AM concerning plant:
    This is a lovely plant for the home and is easy to maintain. It has small variegated leaves and red blooms. It benefits greatly from being placed outdoors for the summer months. Be sure to cut the leaves back after blooming to maintain its neat size and appearance.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Aug 22, 2014 3:42 PM concerning plant:
    Aeschynanthus micranthus is an epiphytic plant with long, trailing stems and small leaves and flowers. Like other plants of the species, it requires bright light, but no direct sun, which will burn the foliage. The plant also requires a well draining potting medium and likes to dry out somewhat between waterings. There are some varieties of Aeschynanthus that are less drought tolerant, but A. micranthus does not like to have saturated roots. Therefore, a well-draining soil is very important to prevent root rot. Aeschynanthus plants get the common name of "Lipstick Plant" because of the shape of the flower buds, which resemble lipstick tubes, with the bloom rising out of the tube.

    I have three Aeschynanthus plants that hang in a backyard tree from March through November and although I've read that they prefer cooler temperatures, mine seem to thrive in our heat and high humidity. I must admit that I am extremely lax about fertilizing any plant. I usually have good intentions, but life always seems to get in the way. I may be good about feeding plants one year and then go two years without feeding them at all. Some Aeschynanthus plants bloom during the early spring, but my A. micranthus plant has been blooming for the past two hot and humid months this summer.

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