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Bixa orellana | Lipstick Plant

549.00

  • Live plant along with Plastic pot.
  • Plants height with pot is 12-18 inch and pot size is the 6-inch diameter.
  • Plant’s nature is outdoor and loves full sun/light shade
  • Required watering once a day.
  • Very easy to maintain.

6 in stock

Description

Bixa orellana | Lipstick Plant

Bixa orellana, commonly known as annatto or achiote, is a plant species native to tropical regions of the Americas. It is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 8 meters tall, with broad, heart-shaped leaves and clusters of small pink or white flowers.

Features of Lipstick Plant

  1. Leaves: The plant has large, heart-shaped leaves that are typically around 10-20 cm in length.
  2. Flowers: The plant produces small, pink, or white flowers that grow in clusters.
  3. Fruit: The fruit is a spiny capsule that contains seeds. The fruit is typically around 4-6 cm in length.
  4. Seeds: The seeds are small, triangular in shape, and covered in a red-orange pigment called annatto. They are typically 3-5 mm in length.
  5. Height: The plant is a small tree or shrub that can grow up to 10 meters in height.

Uses of Lipstick Plant

  1. Food coloring: The primary used as a natural food coloring. The seeds of the plant contain a red-orange pigment called annatto, which is commonly used to color cheese, butter, margarine, and other food products.
  2. Flavoring: In addition to its use as a food coloring, also used as a flavoring agent in many dishes, particularly in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
  3. Medicinal purposes: Used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Some of the most common uses include treating fever, dysentery, and hypertension.
  4. Natural insecticide: The leaves and bark, contain compounds that have insecticidal properties. As a result, the plant has been used as a natural insecticide in some cultures.
  5. Cosmetics: The annatto pigment from seeds is also used in cosmetics and personal care products as a natural colorant.
  6. Industrial uses: The annatto pigment is also used in the textile and paper industries as a natural dye.

How to Care Lipstick Plant

  1. Soil: It prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It is important to avoid overwatering, as this can cause root rot.
  2. Light: Full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate some shade, but too much shade can result in poor growth and reduced seed production.
  3. Watering: Water regularly during the growing season, but allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Reduce watering in the winter.
  4. Fertilizer: Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every two to three months during the growing season.
  5. Pruning: Prune in the spring to maintain a compact shape and to remove any dead or diseased branches.
  6. Harvesting: Harvest the seeds, when they are fully mature and the fruit has turned brown. The seeds can be dried and stored for later use.

Additional information

Weight 0.15 kg
Dimensions 24 × 13 × 11 cm

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