Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A single bloom on my most stubborn Lipstick plant

Over the course of the past few months, maybe close to a year, I have been watching this lipstick plant grow a few buds, only to lose them before they bloom. I can not for the life of me figure out what causes bud blast on various plants, but it happens quite often in my house. Well it finally decided to keep a bud and let me see a flower. I believe it to be an Aeschynanthus Radicans, although I could be wrong.

I just love looking into the throats of various flowers, mainly gesneriads, but also schlum's. Inside the flowers are the most intricate and beautiful designs and colors. My collection of Aeschynanthus....aka lipstick plants has grown over the past few months, and it must be the season for them to flower. I am really coming to appreciate the intricacy of these flowers. It can't be a good thing....lol....because there are a lot of different types of lipstick plants, and with spring soon here, I can start the mail order thing again.

This plant hobby of mine has turned into a full blown addiction, and it is beginning to take over the house, and the backyard in the summer.


Jordan said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful flower. How many lipstick plants do you have? They are fun plants, aren't they.

Tracy said...

I believe I have 5 different types of lipstick plants, all of them have recently flowered. My "true" Black Pagoda cuttings had a bud, but it fell off, probably for the best, as it is rooting in water right now. Thanks for reading!!