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 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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