meet our

ultimate plant parent

Hello fellow plant enthusiasts!

My name is Hannah, Tonkadale’s ‘Ultimate Plant Parent’. If you have ever met me, you know I am extremely passionate about plants. Some may say I am a crazy plant lady. I started getting into plants about four years ago and since then, my collection has expanded to about 180 plants in my two-bedroom house in Minneapolis. My favorite plant currently in my collection would have to be my King Anthurium veitchii.

Plants mean the world to me. I mean they do give us good oxygen and clean air, what is better than that?! With that we would like to bring you a new feature called plant of the week! Each week I will be sharing a different plant you may or may not have heard about. I like to choose the odd ones! Hope you enjoy these little tid-bits of information.


This week we are talking about Philodendron Giganteum. This plant is native to the Caribbean Islands and several regions of South America and belongs to the Araceae family. The Giganteum is one of the largest species...

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This week we are talking about Philodendron scandens ‘Micans’. This plant is native to the Caribbean and Mexico. They belong to the Araceae plant family, a group of plants commonly referred...

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This week we are talking about Vanilla plantifolia commonly known as the Vanilla Bean Orchid. This is a flowering plant that belongs to the....

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This week we are talking about Ficus triangularis. These plants are native to Southern Africa and belong to the Moraceae plant family just rubber trees, the banyan tree and Osage orange....

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This week we are going to be talking about Rhaphidophora decursiva. These plants are native to India and Southeast Asia, including Southern China in the foothills of the Himalayas and belong to the Araceae family...

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This week we are talking about Sansevieria ehrenbergii commonly known as Samurai Sansevieria. This snake plant is native to the arid regions of tropical Africa and parts of Asia. As some of you may have heard the Sansevieria plant...

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This week we are talking about the succulent Haworthia. These plants belong to the Asphodelaceae family, which includes other favorite succulents such as Aloe and Gasteria, and are native to Southern Africa...

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This week we are talking about Albuca spiralis commonly known as Frizzle Sizzle. These special plants are part of the Asparagaceae family just like asparagus fern and other monocot favorites like sansevieria, agave, and yucca. Native to the Western and Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa...

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This week we are talking about Polyscias fruticosa also known as Ming aralia. This plant belongs to the Araliaceae or ginseng family which actually also includes English ivy. Ming aralia is native to Polynesia...

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This week we are talking about Ficus elastica ‘Ruby’, commonly known as the rubber tree. These plants belong to the Moraceae (Mulberry) family and are native to eastern parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia...

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This week we are talking about Homalomena. This plant belongs to the Araceae family just like its Aroid friends and is native to Southern Asia and Southwestern Pacific. If you are looking for a leafy green plant that can take some low light, then this is the one for you. Thick, green spade shaped leaves set this plant apart from other low light tolerant plants...

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This week we are talking about Maranta leuconeura. This plant was named for the Italian physician and botanist, Bartolomeo Maranta in the 16th century and belongs to the Marantaceae family. The Maranta genus...

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This week we are talking about Aloe. These plants belong to the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) or lily family and are native to Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Madagascar. You may have heard of these plants...

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This week we are talking about Aglaonema commonly known as the Chinese Evergreen. These plants belong to the Araceae plant family just like philodendron, monstera, and alocasia and are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia...

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This week we are talking about one of our favorite species of plants… Hoyas! There are about 900 different species, cultivars, and hybrids that we know of so far. Hoya belong to the dogbane plant family, Apocynaceae...

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This week we are going to be talking about Peperomia! These plants belong to the Piperaceae family along with 1500 other species and are native to Mexico, South America, and the West Indies. Peperomia are a fun plant because there are so many different shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a plant that stays relatively small, then this is a great one for a coffee table or book end. Peperomia are also a great plant for the beginner houseplant enthusiast...

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This week we are talking about Cissus discolor commonly known as the Rex Begonia vine. This plant belongs to the Vitaceae family, just like grapes, and is native to the tropical rainforest of the island Java. This is a gorgeous vining plant that is perfect for shade outside in the summer...

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This week we are talking about Palms. Palms are native to tropical and subtropical climates and belong to the Arecaceae plant family where all members are monocots meaning their seeds typically only contain one cotyledon. If you’re looking to add a more tropical feel to your home, then this is the plant for you! There are many different species of palms to choose from...

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This week we are talking about Codiaeum variegatum commonly known as Crotons. This plant is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family, just like poinsettias, and is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands. You’ve probably seen Crotons in landscape designs all over Florida...

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This week we talking about Hibiscus. This plant belongs to the Malvaceae family and is native to subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. If you are looking to add that tropical vibe with vibrant gorgeous flowers, then this is the plant for you. There are a few key things to keeping this tropical plant happy. Hibiscus do their best outdoors in our hot and humid summers...

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This week we are talking about the Lemon Tree! These plants belong to the Rutaceae family, commonly known as the Rue or Citrus family, and are native to South Asia. This is a great plant for outdoors with our warm hot summers. Indoors it can add great foliage to a room. Lemon trees are prized for their fruit, but also for their sweet smelling fruit and aromatic leaves...

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This week we are talking about Trachelospermum jasminoides commonly known as Star Jasmine. This plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is native to eastern and southeastern Asia. These plants are known for their beautiful white blooms that glow in the moonlight that radiate a sweet fragrance in all directions...

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This week we are talking about Nephrolepis exaltata whose common name is the Boston Fern; an iconic part of the Tonkadale experience. If you are able to take a stroll through the greenhouse this time of year, the greenhouse canopy is draped with hanging fern baskets – a magical experience...

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This week we are talking about Alocasia. This plant belongs to the Araceae family. Alocasias are native to tropical and subtropical Asia to Eastern Australia...

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This week we are talking about Streptocarpus. Belonging to the Gesneriaceae plant family, just like African Violets, this plant is native to central, eastern and southern Africa, including Madagascar and the Comoro Islands...

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This week we are going to be talking about Angel Wing Begonias. These beautiful plants belong to the Begoniaceae family. Begonias are native to subtropical and tropical climates. A lot of Begonias you commonly see are grown indoors or in decorative pots outdoors in the summertime. Begonias are known for their interesting and bright colored foliage...

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This week our featured plant is Rhipsalis sp.. Commonly known as mistletoe cactus or jungle cactus. These beauties belong to the Cactaceae family and are native to Central America, the Caribbean, and northern regions of South America....

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This week we are going to talk about general Cactus care. These prickly plants are a part of the Cactaceae family which includes thousands of species. Cactus grow in many parts of the world but mostly in arid desert environments....

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This week we are talking about Pilea peperomioides (Pie-Lee-uh Pepper–o–mee–oy-dees). Commonly known as the Chinese money plant or the friendship plant. This plant belongs to the Urticaceae family and is native to Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southern China. Believe it or not, at one point this plant was considered extremely rare and was seen at nurseries going for triple digits...

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This week we talking about Oxalis triangularis. While oxalis are a symbol of good luck, especially around St. Patricks Day, these plants are native to South America. Grown from bulbs that look like cute little pinecones, these plants are easy to care for in your home. Keep in mind, Oxalis are perennials in some areas and actively grow and flower during the fall, winter and early spring and then go dormant in the summer....

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This week we are talking about Succulent plant care. Succulents are a classic houseplant and often the gateway to addictive plant parenting...

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This week we are going to talk about Ficus benghalensis also known as Ficus Audrey. This is a tree native to the Indian subcontinent and is actually the national tree of India. A layer of fuzz lines the leaves and stems of this plant which makes it oh so adorable...

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This week we are talking about Ceropegia woodii [seer-uh-pee-jee-uh wood-ee-i] aka String of hearts. Belonging to the Apocynaceae family, SOH are native to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. If you are looking for an easy-peasy trailing plant this is the one. If plants are your love language you can’t resist those tiny little strands of hearts...

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This week we are going to be talking about Tradescantia nanouk (tra·duh·skan·shee·uh). These familiar plants belong to the Commelinaceae family and are native to Southern Canada to northern Argentina, including the West Indies...

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This week you get a bonus plant blog - Ficus lyrata [FYE-kuss lye-RA-tuh] aka the Fiddle leaf fig. It is native to western Africa where it grows in lowland tropical rainforest. The Ficus lyrata belongs to the Moraceae family...

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This week we are going to be talking about Epipremnum [Epi-prem-num] aka the ever so classic Pothos. Belonging to the Araceae family, these plants are native to the tropical forests from China, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia to Australia the western Pacific. These are my go-to plant for any new plant parent...

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This week we are going to be talking about Peperomia prostrata [pep-er-ROH-mee-uh prost-RA-tuh] aka String of turtles. These cute little plants got their nickname because they look like the backs of turtles. They are native to the tropical rainforest of South America and are in the Piperaceae family...

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This week we are talking about Anthurium [an·thaw·ree·uhm]. Belonging to the Araceae family, these plants are arums and are native to Central America, Northern South America, and the Caribbean. Their showy flowers are the longest lived of any indoor plant and can last up to eight weeks...

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Euphorbia lactea is a species of spurge native to tropical Asia, mainly India. It belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family which is a ginormous plant family with members across the globe. In our area, we enjoy Cushion Spurge Euphorbia as perennial with yellow blooms, and Euphorbia pulcherrima which is your everyday holiday plant – the Poinsettia....

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This week’s plant is Spathiphyllum (spath-i-phyl-lum) aka Peace lily. These belong to the Araceae family and are native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. Peace lily are one of the most common houseplants you will see around...

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This week we are going to be talking about Aspidistra (ass-pih-DIS-trah) also known as the Cast iron plant. This is a flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. It is native to Japan and Taiwan. If you get the chance you must look up an Aspidistra flower. It will blow your mind...

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This week we are going to be exploring the infamous Rhaphidophora tetrasperma or commonly seen as “Rhaphidophora Ginny”. If you are looking for an extremely easy care, fast growing plant this is your go to! Some may say they grow like a weed, but a much prettier version...

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This week we will be talking about the beautiful Philodendron (fi·luh·den·druhn) ‘McColleys Finale’. It belongs in the Araceae family. This is a very interesting hybrid Philodendron because of its how it was found. A man by the name of Robert H. McColley in Apopka, Florida...

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This week we are going to talk about Norfolk Island Pine and Lemon Cypress. Starting off with the Lemon Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest') which is native to Monterey bay on the coast of central California. They like a well-draining soil and a lot of sunlight. These plants require direct sun to stay happy in your home at least 3+ hours...

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Its time to talk about Calathea (ka·luh·thee·uh). Calathea belongs to the family Marantaceae. They are native to Brazil and other tropical areas. This plant is known for being a tad picky. I am here to help you change that! Calathea has so much potential to make a big statement in your home or office if you give it a little extra love. There are so many different beautiful varieties to chose from which makes it a truly diverse plant...

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Let’s talk Syngonium podophyllum (Sin-GO-nee-um Po-do-FI-lum). Also known as Arrowhead plant, Goosefoot plant, and Nephthytis. This plant belongs to the Araceae (or aroid) family. It is native to tropical rainforests in southern Mexico, the West Indies, Central and South America....

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'Buddha's Belly' Plant

This week’s plant features Jatropha Podagrica [JAT-roh-fuh pod-AG-ree-kuh] aka Buddha’s Belly, Gout Plant, Purging Nut, and Guatemalan Rhubarb. It is native to the tropical Americas. This plant is commonly known for its thick caudex and beautiful large green leaves. It really does look like a large potato with leaves....

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