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Aeschynanthus radicans

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aeschynanthus (es-kee-NAN-thus) (Info)
Species: radicans (RAD-ee-kans) (Info)

Synonym:Aeschynanthus lobbianus
Synonym:Aeschynanthus parviflorus

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TwyliteFlyer On Feb 26, 2010, TwyliteFlyer from Edmonton
Canada wrote:

I was given this plant about a year ago from my neighbor. Knew nothing about it at the time, so I just stuck it on the only available surface... a corner of the kitchen with no direct sunlight. Gave it some water when I watered everything else. I think it got a few new leaves there, but was pretty stagnant.

I have since moved, and it is now in a south-facing window (somewhat sheltered by other plants and a small tree outside) and it is in it's glory. And it's now in full bloom in the middle of February. I think the flowers are so cool.

Very easy to care for.

Positive Mr_Cleaver On Nov 19, 2009, Mr_Cleaver from Reeders, PA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I live in NE PA and have this plant outside when nightime temps get into the low 40's so it can take some cool weather. This plant likes to be repotted, so I do it yearly. Lots of 'fluff' keeps the soil from compacting, because it does not like living in 5 year old soil that has become a solid piece and has moss growing on it. I did it and it never really grew well.

Positive carpathiangirl On Sep 3, 2009, carpathiangirl from Akron, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Will get very long without trimming. The leaves turn deep purple outside in summer and look very unusual.

Neutral rntx22 On Oct 22, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just bought this baby. Tag says: Grow in indirect or curtain-filtered bright light. Keep warm - never below 65. Keep the soil barely moist at all times. Feed every other month with 20-20-20 fertilizer when soil is moist.

Neutral wandygirl On Apr 30, 2007, wandygirl from Brookfield, CT wrote:

I just received a 2.5" pot of A. 'Curly Lipstick' from E-bay vendor begonia9868. She has many nice plants listed, mostly begonias. Does anyone know the correct genus name for this plant and its parentage, since it appears to be a hybrid?

Positive Sashprd58 On Apr 7, 2007, Sashprd58 from Manchester, CT wrote:

I find this makes a great houseplant. I have one in a planter box off my 2nd floor balcony that blooms like crazy. I have to constantly trim it back because it grows so long that I walk into the plant when going outside onto my deck. Mine seems to flower more during the winter here in CT as well as late summer.

Positive hanna1 On Oct 28, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Deep green leaves on trailing stems, bright red flowers at stem tips. Hanging baskets indoor or outdoor, prefers bright, indirect light, moderately moist soil


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona
Benton, Arkansas
Castro Valley, California
Merced, California
Manchester, Connecticut
Bartow, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Malabar, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Middleton, Idaho
Lineville, Iowa
St John, Mississippi
Elkhorn, Nebraska
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Turner, Oregon
Houston, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Wimberley, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Redmond, Washington

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