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Below are individual podcast episode links through PodBean with episode information or the direct link to the corresponding Plant Bio blog post! 

Eventually ALL podcasts will have Plant Bio blog posts so check back for that!

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Ep#18: Dieffenbachia


Ep#1: Sansevieria

This Plant Bio is in the link below!

Ep#2: Succulents

A houseplant that is always trending with SO many different varieties! 

Examples of Succulents:

Aloe, Hoya, Agave, Sansevieria, Stonecrop, Echeveria, Kalanchoe, Haworthia, Jade, Burro’s Tail, String of Pearls, Barrel Cactus, Lithops, Crown of Thorns, Panda Plant, Hens & Chicks, Bunny Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Ponytail Palm, Ice Plant, Opuntia, etc.

Ep#3: Prayer Plant

The coolest patterns and quite easy to take care of and propagate!


  • Erythroneura/Fascinator- Red Prayer or Herringbone- bright red veins & underside of leaves

  • Kerchoveana- Green Prayer or Rabbit Tracks- square, brown/green marks between veins

  • Massangeana- Silver Prayer- black/green leaves with silver/gray middle

Ep#4: Baptisia

Baptisia is one of the most beautiful and underused landscape plants.


  • australis- Blue Wild Indigo

  • alba- White Wild Indigo (pendula is same but seeds hang down, latter is upright)

  • leucantha- Atlantic Wild Indigo- seen at Chicago Botanic Gardens

  • leucophaea- small, mounding, flowers hang instead of upright

  • perfoliata- Georgia Wild Indigo- Catbells, Eucalyptus Wild Indigo, smaller growing, native in SE

  • tinctoria- Yellow Wild Indigo- flowers smaller & more sparse


  • Prairieblues™ Series - Chicagoland Grows® created series

    • Solar Flare (Yellow/Orange), Midnight (Dk Purple), Twilite (Purple/Yellow)

  • Decadence ® Series- Walters Gardens created series

    • Sparkling Sapphires (Purple), Dark Chocolate (Brown/Purple), Deluxe Pink Truffles (Pink), Vanilla Cream (Off White), Cherries Jubilee (Orange/Yellow), Blueberry Sunday (Purple), Deluxe Pink Lemonade (Yellow/Pink), Lemon Meringue (Bright Yellow)

Ep#5: Pothos

Pothos are one of the most resilient and versatile houseplant out there!

Common Names: Devil's Ivy, Money Plant

  • Commonly confused with the Philodendron

Common Cultivars:

  • Jade

  • Golden

  • Marble Queen

  • Neon

  • Pearls ‘N Jade

  • Pothos ‘N Joy

  • Silver Satin

Ep#6: Dracaena

This amazing houseplant is a collection of diverse shapes, sizes and colors. 


  • Dracaena reflexa -known for amazing variegation and color (Example: Song of India)

  • Dracaena marginata- known for its thin leaves with many different variegation colors or just green foliage

  • Dracaena massangeana- heavy variegation or beautiful green leaves but they are known for having wider leaves and larger stems which are called CANES

  • Dracaena trifasiata- this used to be Sansevieria but has been reclassified as Dracaena


  • Tricolor/Bi Color

  • Janet Craig

  • Warneckei

  • Massangeana

  • Lemon Lime

  • Limelight

  • Song of India

  • Laurentii

Ep#7: Agave

Agaves arevery sturdy, colorful and (in my option) underused houseplants.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co serves a killer Agave nectar latte called 'Bee Sting'! Check it out! I got mine at their shop at the Milwaukee Public Market!

  • Commonly known as Agave, Century Plant, American Aloe


  • Agave americana- American Century Plant- blue/green with toothed leaves
    Agave americana 'Variegata’- larger grower, blue/green foliage with golden stripes down the leaves

  • Agave angustifolia- Century Plant- gray, green leaves sharp teeth
    Agave attenuata- Foxtail Agave- forms small trunk, green leaves no teeth

  • Agave falcata- small growing, narrow foliage with brown spines
    Agave filifera- Thread-leaf Agave- narrow green leaves, fine white threads

  • Agave montana- medium growing, does not produce offsets, green leaves with red/brown sprines down the leaves

  • Agave ovatifolia- Whale’s Tongue Agave- grey, green leaves with large black tip spikes

  • Agave shawii- Shaw’s Agave- red toothy margins

  • Agave tequilana- Blue Agave- long, narrow leaves with long brown spikes- used for tequila

  • Agave victoriae-Queen Victoria Agave- small growing, white edged leaves with brown tip spikes

  • Agave vilmoriniana- Octopus Agave- long curled leaves


Ep#8: Allium

Alliums are one of the most impactful and whimsical plants for your landscape

Steven M Still's wonderful Herbaceous Ornamental Plants book

The botanical names provided below are directly from Steven M Still's book. This book is a WONDERFUL resource for all perennials with great detail.

  • 100s of different varieties of Allium

  • Common Cultivars: Summer Beauty Allium, Globemaster, Gladiator, Mount Everest, Blue Eddy, Forescate, Millennium, Summer Peek-a-Boo, Ozawa

Botanical Names:

  • Allium aflatunense- Commonly known as Purple Sensation

  • Allium christophii- Commonly known as Star of Persia

  • Allium giganteum- Commonly known as Giant Onion

  • Allium karataviense: Commonly known as Turkestan Onion

  • Allium moly: Commonly known a Golden Garlic

  • Allium schoenoprasum: Commonly known as Chives

  • Allium senescans var glaucum: Commonly known as Ornamental Onion

  • Allium sphaerocephalon: Commonly known as Drumstick Chive

  • Allium tuberosum: Commonly known as Chinese Chive

Ep#9: Elephant Ear

Elephant Ear is a beautiful plant that comes in many different sizes and colors. 

Elephant Ear is the common name- there are a few genus that hold this title

  • Alocasia

  • Colocasia

  • Xanthosoma- not commonly cultivated

  • Caladium (Angel Wings) pictured above

  • Alocasia & Xanthosoma leaf stalks continue kind of as a backbone to the leaves whereas the Colocasia stalk support stops at the leaf. Making Alocasia & Xanthosoma leaves more upright- think of it like this- the shape of the letter A looks like an arrow pointing up- leaves point up!

  • Caladium doesn’t not have a stem at all- even though it looks like it. Petioles rise straight from the bulb

Cultivars- only a couple! 

  • Alocasia ‘Polly’

  • Alocasia ‘Stingray’

  • Alocasia ‘Calidora’

  • Alocasia ‘Regal Shields’

  • Alocasia ‘Frydek’

  • Colocasia ‘Mojito’

  • Colocasia ‘Black Beauty’

  • Caladium ‘Lemon Blush’ (Proven Winners)

  • Caladium ‘Heart & Soul’ (Proven Winners)

University WI Madison- Alocasia, Colocasia & Xanthosome

University WI Madison- Caladium

Ep#10: Rubber Plant



The Rubber Plant comes in many colors with a strong leaf structure.

Botanical Name: Ficus elastica


  • Ficus elastica ’Burgundy’

  • Ficus elastica ‘Robusta’

  • Ficus elastica ‘Ruby’

  • Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’

Propagation- unique ways!

  • Air Layering: Encourage branching by lightly nicking the bark just about where a low leaf detached itself will mobilize new growth from the latent node

Ep#12: Monstera



The Monstera plant comes in many patterns, shapes & colors


  • Monstera deliciosa (translation- delicious monster)

  • Monstera deliciosa albo variegata

  • Monstera deliciosa “Thai Constellation”

  • Monstera deliciosa aurea variegata

  • Monstera obliqua (commonly confused with Monstera adansonii)

    • Very thin leaves, larger holes in the leaves

  • Monstera adansonii 

  • Monstera adonsonii variegata
    AND MORE...

People/Companies Mentioned:

Ep#13: Hibiscus




The brightest and most colorful flowers include the Tropical Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon and Hardy Hibiscus

Rose of Sharon/Althea Varieties:

  • Blueberry Smoothie, Strawberry Smoothie, Peppermint Smoothie, Raspberry Smoothie, Aphrodite, Red Heart, Blushing Bride

  • Proven Winners has many varieties 
    Lil’Kim, Pink Chiffon, Magenta Chiffon, Sugar Tip Gold, Purple Pillar, White Pillar, Orchid Satin, Paraplu Pink Ink, Paraplu Violet, Pollypetite, Rose Satin, Full Blast, Purple Satin

  • First Editions by Baileys- Bali, Hawaii, Tahiti, Summer Ruffle, French Cabaret

  • Flowers comes in white, pink, red,  blue, purple and multi colored.

  • They also come in single and double flowers.

  • You can also find them in shrub or tree form

Hardy Hibiscus Varieties:

  • Proven Winners Summerific- Cranberry Crush, Candy Crush, holy Grail, Berry Awesome, French Vanilla, Perfect Storm, Cherry Choco Latte, Ballet Slippers, Evening Rose

  • Walters Gardens- Airbrush Effect, Blackberry Merlot, Dark Mystery, Mars Madness, Midnight Marvel, Starry Starry Night, Summer Carnival, Summer in Paradise, Vintage Wine

  • Flowers comes in white, pink, red, purple and multi colored

Tropical Hibiscus:

  • The only variety I remember by name is Cosmic Dancer which had many colors within the flower.

  • Flowers comes in yellow, orange, pink, red, purple and multi colored.

  • They also come in single and double flowers.

  • You can also find them in shrub or tree form

Ep#14: Philodendron




This guy is the plant of MANY faces!

Mentioned in episode...


1.  I include a variety that has been reclassified. But to me, it will always be a  Philodendron!

2. I referenced an Etsy shop/ Instagram account and spelled it wrong in the episode it is actually @thegreenescape- see link directly above

Specific varieties mentioned (does not include ALL Philodendron varieties)

Philodendron bipinnatifidum

(reclassifed to Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum)

  • Commonly known as Lacy-Tree Philodendron or Anchor Philodendron

  • Xanadu or Hope are common cultivars

Philodendron erubescens

  • Commonly known Blushing Philodendron or Red Leaf Philodendron

  • Pink Princess Philodendron is the most popular cultivar out there!

Philodendron scandens

  • Commonly known as Heart leaf Philodendron or Sweetheart Philodendron

  • Brasil Philodendron is the coolest cultivar (in my opinion)

Ep#15: Fall Annuals




Plant Bio is coming soon!

Ep#16: Sting of Hearts

This Plant Bio is in the link below!

Ep#17 ZZ Plant

The Plant Bio is in the link below!

Ep#18: Dieffenbachia

The Plant Bio is in the link below!