Reasons a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor

While many plants are great for standing out as conversation pieces, the black pagoda lipstick is probably one of the winners at the top of this list. It’s not only gorgeous, but it’s texturally fascinating, grows in cascades, and offers stark variations in color.

So, yes, you absolutely should have one of these vining, mysterious hanging plants in your home or office. Let’s look at all the reasons why.

A Black Pagoda Lipstick Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Black Pagoda Lipstick Is Good for Homes and Offices 

Imported from the tropics of Southeast Asia, the black pagoda lipstick plant is a warm-weather, humidity-loving plant that will remind you of your days laid out in the sand on the beach. With dark green leaves that are thick, glossy, and hold water and purple undersides that appear black in the right light, this foliage is a fast-growing plant.

It will spread out to about 2 feet in depth or width, and it will grow up to 2 feet in length. The black pagoda lipstick will also offer pretty, yellow blossoms that resemble lipstick, giving it its common name.

The undersides of the leaves also present in a zebra pattern, giving it another nickname — zebra plant. The black pagoda lipstick also absorbs common household toxins and expels oxygen at night, making it your own natural air freshener.

Are Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

Perhaps because this plant holds water so well with its lance-shaped, thick leaves, and maintains equilibrium well, the black pagoda lipstick plant offers feng shui energy most aligned with harmony and balance.

If you’ve got a troubling spot in your home or office, or you’re just looking to bring more peace to negotiations or the dinner table, keep that in mind.

For those interested in learning more about feng shui practices, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.

Are Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

The black pagoda lipstick plant is relatively easy to grow and maintain, as long as you pay attention to its basic needs.

How Do Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants Grow?

With rocky soil, regular attention to its water, and warm temperatures, with a bit of indirect sunlight, this plant will thrive for years, traipsing its vines down from a basket or over a shelf.

What Kind of Soil Does a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Need?

Because it does not love too much water, the best soil for this plant is a rocky, chunky soil that will allow water to flow through easily. Consider adding bark or peat moss if you notice it’s holding water.

How Much Light Does a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Need?

This foliage grows natively at lower levels in the tropical forest under large leaves from tall trees overhead. As such, it does best in bright, indirect light. You can perhaps offer it bright morning direct light but watch that it doesn’t get scorched by the hot afternoon sun.

How Much Water Does a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Need?

The trickiest part of maintaining the black pagoda lipstick plant is ensuring it never gets overwatered. You should water this plant until the water runs through the pot then don’t water it again until the soil is completely dry.

You can test this with a chopstick by inserting the stick into the soil all the way to the bottom of the pot. When you pull it out, the chopstick should be completely free of soil or moisture before you water it again.

For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoid  watering mistakes.

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

The black pagoda lipstick will do well as long as it doesn’t get too much or too little water. The same rule applies for sun and humidity. Finding the right balance may take you time, but it’s worth the effort.

While this lovely foliage is not prone to pests or disease, do keep an eye out for common household bugs like whiteflies or aphids. If you notice bugs on your plant, spray it liberally with neem oil every few days for several weeks until the bugs disappear.

If you notice any mold or white substance in the soil of your plant, you should repot the root ball in fresh soil, cutting away any dead or mushy stems. Finally, be sure to fertilize the plant with a liquid fertilizer during the growing season, which will help the stems, leaves, and flowers grow in abundance.

Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Decorating Ideas

Because it cascades down in vines, the Aeschynanthus longicaulis is ideal for a hanging basket, where it can trail its pretty leaves down from above. Because the colors of this plant are so dark and bright, you should consider a pot in a lighter, more neutral color, and surround it with neutral colors, so the plant really pops.

Other than that, this gorgeous breath of life will do well in virtually any environment.

Do Fake Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants Look Real 


For whatever reason, you may not be prepared to care for a black pagoda lipstick plant. Maybe you’re allergic, or perhaps you don’t have time to check the soil and monitor its growth.

Either way, you can always opt for an artificial version of this plant. It will provide all the same benefits of mental health and feng shui.

If you’re wondering if artificial plants are even in style, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whether you go for a real or fake version of this plant, it is sure to bring you health and happiness. You certainly won’t be sorry to have it in your home or office.

What do you think? Do you have a black pagoda lipstick plant in your home or office? How do you care for it? Where do you keep it? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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