Lipstick Plant

Striking and dramatic! Is a good way to describe the greenhouse favorite indoor blooming plant, commonly known as Lipstick Plant. Grown for the bright red, tubular flowers it bears off and on all year, the Lipstick Plant is actually a Gesneriad, closely related to African violets and gloxinia. It is native to damp forests of the West Indies and the tropical regions of South America. In the wild, it grows as an epiphyte, a plant that grows on another plant (like an orchid). Because of its arching habit, lipstick plant is often grown in a hanging basket. A. radicans is the one most commonly called Lipstick because its dark red flowers resemble a lipstick emerging from its case.