The Ultimate Guide to Hooker's Lips

Yes, that’s right you haven’t misread the title, this is a guide to the ultimate hooker’s lips, but not the type you’re thinking of. We are talking about the most kissable, luscious red lips that belong to the plant Psychotria Elata, a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries. The leaves of the Hooker’s Lips (also known as the Hot Lips Plant) have evolved into this Mick Jagger-esque form to attract pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies.

However, this unusual plant’s “lips” are only kissable for a short while before they spread and reveal the plant’s rather ugly white flowers, like a deleted scene from The Naked Lunch. This extraordinary plant has (sadly?) become endangered due to deforestation and its increased popularity with very peculiar plant collectors.

Levity aside, let’s hope we don’t have to kiss this plant goodbye. Please don’t make us. In fact, we have searched extensively (well, Googled extensively) and we can’t find the seeds available for purchase anywhere, so even if you are foolish enough to want to, you won’t be able to grow yourself a pair of Hooker’s Lips to pucker up to.

hookers lips flower

Although we don’t sell these plants at Arena Flowers, we do have a fantastic range of luscious red roses; not quite a pair of freaky ageing rocker’s Hooker Lips, but, when sent as a gift (to the right person), our bouquets will be sure to get you a smooch!

By Rupert Wynne