These plants come from South East Asia and the East Indies. In the wild they are epiphytes i.e. they live on the surface of trunks or boughs of trees. In cultivation they are an easily grown plant. When potted in a peat based compost they are capable of giving an exotic display. The shape of the flower gives them their common name of lipstick plant.They require a temperature of at least 10C (50F) and like a humid atmosphere - an occasional misting will help.
These are natives of Central America. They grow a mass of stolons (short runners) that will root wherever they touch the soil. A large shallow pot will soon be filled with a mass of plants. The flowers have a deeply cut frigned edge, giving the name the lace plant.
Pretty trailing plants that have been produced by crossing Codonanthe and Nematanthus. In a bright warm position these plants will flower all year.
A small plant which is similar in habit to a Saintpaulia,
A genus of over ninety species native to the Himalayas and South East Asia. A little known genus of plants that are very rewarding if grown in similar conditions to African Violets. Chirita in Hindustani means gentian.
Another genus from South America. The pouched flower shape has given the common name, the clog plant. These are easily grown plants, ideal for the house, flowering almost continuously.