Sentimental Unidentified houseplant – Lipstick Plant

Hi Judy, I have been given a houseplant by my dad, that my mum was given by a friend of hers before she passed away. My dad gave me the plant after my mum passed away and I really want it to thrive, however I have no idea what it is or what it needs. I have tried it in various parts of the house, and guessed at watering but it isn’t doing too well. I remember seeing it with very small delicate flowers some times. I would be really grateful if you could have a look and any advice would be glady received.

Many thanks


Hi Gill,


I think your plant is a Lipstick Plant. If you could send a close up of a few leaves I could be more certain. Lipstick Plants need very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun. The soil should be fairly dry before you water the plant. It should be treated like a Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant.". Here is a picture of a Lipstick Plant. Does it resemble your Mom’s Plant?

Orange Lipstick Plant

Lipstick Plant

You can read all my plant advice on how to care for a Lipstick Plant in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.