Lipstick plant ?????

saldutFebruary 5, 2012

I just bought a very large vine that the Nursery said was a Lipstick plant...I went on Google to read abt. it and all the pics show a bright red 'lipstick'.... this new plant has dark purple almost black flowers...the right shape but a strange color? is there such a thing as a dark purple lipstick plant? or do I have a different plant mis-identified?? Thanks for any help on this, I don't have a camera or I'd post a pic.... sally

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wallisadi

lots of different varieties, just bought a whorled leaf one this winter. deep purple flowers. have and orange one, totally different look. nice plant!!!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 6:11PM
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katkin_gw

I think what you have is lipstick Mona Lisa. Out of the purple flower will come a red one. :o)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 6:27PM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

Is this what you have? The black part can be there for weeks before the red lipstick comes out.

Here is a link that might be useful: picture

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 10:48PM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Black pagoda is also a possibility. I have one and the leaves are very dark green, almost black, and the calyx is also almost black.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.logees.com/images/T5003-2-Small.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.logees.com/Aeschynanthus-radicans-Lipstick-plant/productinfo/T5003-2/&h=300&w=300&sz=43&tbnid=ZYgmgyANc7kRvM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=90&prev=/search%3Fq%3DAeschynanthus%2Bradicans%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=Aeschynanthus+radicans&docid=uzLWtJnZNfnApM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cu8vT_uHMojbgQfZ94T0Dw&ved=0CEYQ9QEwAg&dur=654

Here is a link that might be useful: Black pagoda

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 10:20AM
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saldut

Thanks folks, I'm still not sure exactly what I do have, the leaves are smooth shiny medium green, the flowers are much smaller than the Logee's pic and are deep purple, no red, they point upward, in small groups at the end of each vine.... no scent... apparently a variety of the 'lipstick'..;. I sure do wish these Nurseries would get more info. from their growers, a proper name would help... but I really like this vine it is gorgeous.. I thought at first it was a Hoya but the bloom form is different.... I appreciate the feedback, thanks again kind people...sally

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 5:00PM
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saldut

I Googled some more and found my plant on a Nursery in So. Fla. web-site, not allowed to name it.... it is Aeschynanthus Radicans "Crispa"....it shows the dark-red purple flowers and also shows the brighter red coming out of the center...like coffeemom said... thanks again... apparently there are many different versions, like Walli pointed out... thanks again!.... one never does know all there is to know abt. the 'Plant World' it is never-ending, isn't it?? such a wonderful journey.... sally

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 6:00PM
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