Aeshynanthus lobbianus (The real Lipstick Plant)
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Aeshynanthus is a genus of approximately 150 species of epiphytic plants (they hang out in trees, occasionally on rocks), they belong to the family Gesneriaceae meaning they are related to the weird and wonderful Sinningia as well as African Violets and a bunch of other botanical oddities.
Aesynanthus lobbianus which is also known by the species name A. pulcher is the original species to which the common name of Lipstick Plant was applied. One look at the flowers makes it easy to see why!
This beautifully messy yet somehow sculptural plant has fleshy, hairy leaves arranged in pairs along their pendulous stems. They produce clusters of flowers at the end of their stems. Each flower has a fused maroon coloured Calyx that surrounds their bright red tubular petals, giving the flowers the appearance of a tube of lipstick.
Wait until the top few centimetres of potting media has dried out before watering heavily. These plants have evolved large water holding cells just below the outer layer of their leaves which allow them to survive drying out for short periods of time. So these plants can handle getting pretty dry and during cold weather they prefer to dry out a bit before rewatering.
Lots of bright indirect light and a humid position is great for these beauties! They are happy in a window that gets bright indirect light for only a short part of the day, making them perfect for those tricky spots in the house that only get good light for a little while. Keeping them where they will get really strong light will cause the leaves to burn so make sure they're not copping full sun.
Their beautiful pendulous stems are about 40cm long but can eventually grow to a bit over a meter long making them an absolutely breathtaking feature plant if you have the space. If you don't have the space it's time to start chucking out some furniture!
Greeting your Aeshynanthus lobbianus
These plants are packaged in a 1.5L nursery pot and will fit any pot from our Classic Pot Range.