• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Aeschynanthus pulcher

lipstick plant

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
lipstick plant

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  • Other common names lipstick plant
    royal red bugler

    red bugle vine
    scarlet basket vine

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  • Synonyms Aeschynanthus pulchra

  • Family Gesneriaceae

  • Genus Aeschynanthus can be climbers, subshrubs or trailing perennials with simple, fleshy, evergreen leaves and showy tubular flowers, some with a contrasting calyx

  • Details A. pulcher is a climbing evergreen sub-shrub to 70cm in height, with aerial rooting stems bearing oval leaves and terminal clusters of bright red tubular flowers 6cm in length, yellow in the throat

  • Plant range Java

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Climbing

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H1C

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow outdoors in a humus-rich, well-drained soil in partial shade in a frost-free location. Under glass grow in 3 parts sphagnum and one part peat. Grow in filtered light to encourage flowering. Water with soft water

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Can get aphids and mealybugs

Diseases Generally disease free

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