Basket Plant

Aeschynanthus speciosus | Also known as: Blush wort, Aeschynanthus splendens | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Showy basket plant: showy is just the right word for this plant; the peacock of the plant kingdom.

Native to Asia and Indonesia, Aeschynanthus speciosus is also known as basket plant. It's a trailing flowering plant with vibrant orange and yellow blooms. The showy funnel shaped flowers grow along the length of the stem in clusters, and can grow up to 10cm in length. This plant can grow very large and will make a stunning hanging basket. The trailing branches can grow up to 60cm in length. Only suited to warmer climates, this plant will not thrive at temperatures below 16 degrees C, and it will need to be kept well watered and likes a humid environment so it's a reasonably high maintenance plant.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.8
Spread [m]
  • 0.8
Dominant flower colour
  • Orange
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Trailing
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years