Continuing the theme of purple and green foliaged plants, I’ve got another oldie but a goodie for you: Prayer Plant, also known by it’s Latin name Maranta. Among my first houseplants – if not the first – I’ve had this one going on twelve years. Maybe thirteen? It was gifted to me by a college friend for helping him through one of our soils classes. I figured was a pretty good trade-off: I needed to study anyway and I got a free plant out of it! Win-win.
It’s been a while since I last profiled one of my houseplants. Sorry ’bout that. It’s definitely not because I ran out of houseplants to talk about. It’s just that I haven’t taken any nice photos of them until recently. So today, I bring you: Wandering Jew.
There’s a good chance you know the plant being highlighted today (and you probably even know it’s scientific name, you smarty-pants): Aloe vera. In the past it has also gone by the name Aloe barbadensis, but the most recent information I could find has grouped Aloe vera and Aloe barbadensis back together under the Aloe vera name.
November is a great month for wanting to hibernate. It’s been trying to snow here for the last week or so, with cold temperatures and dark brooding clouds, but as of now we continue to be in that in-between stage where most of the leaves have dropped, but we’re not in a winter wonderland just yet.
Just because we’re moving into winter, though, doesn’t mean that we can’t still talk plants and gardening. That’s the beauty of houseplants, you know. You can enjoy them all year round. And on those dreary in-between-winter-and-fall days (or those middle-of-winter-that-never-ends days), let me tell you, having something green and fresh around really lifts the spirits. Or, really, having something green and fresh around always – no matter what time of year it is – is good for the soul. At least I think so. Which is why I believe that you can never have too many houseplants. (My husband might disagree with me on that – when we were moving my things into his apartment he thought it was like plants vs. humans, and that the plants were definitely winning.)
Until recently, I knew that some people disliked cilantro, but little did I know how divided my own family was on the matter! An aunt shared an article on facebook about how there’s a genetic reason for why you may or may not think cilantro tastes soapy, and I was astounded at how many of my own family are vehemently against this humble herb. So, if you are in the ant-cilantro camp, forgive me, but this post today is all about it and the deliciousness you can create with it. Continue reading