Plant ID forum: What the what?

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tx_flower_child
Sep 26, 2016 3:04 PM CST
I have no idea what this plant is. My neighbor on the other side of the fence has no idea. I've taken leaves to many local nurseries and none of them know.

Background: It was here when I bought my house in '98. (That's 1998.) It hasn't done much. Maybe spread just a little. It's evergreen. Doesn't flower. Leaves are not as stiff as they look in the picture, or even in person. Gave up on trying to dig it but could try harder. And it is growing where nothing else fears to grow.

Any ideas?


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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 26, 2016 3:25 PM CST
Reminds me of Yucca. Maybe no blooms because it's not getting enough direct sun?
Flaccid Leaf Yucca (Yucca flaccida)

edited to add: It also has the appearance of Dracaena.
Dracaena aletriformis
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 26, 2016 4:11 PM CST
Could be an Agave. (?)
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Sep 26, 2016 5:04 PM CST
I wondered about Phormium.
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plantladylin
Sep 26, 2016 5:30 PM CST
@sooby has a good eye, it may very well be a variety of New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax)
Check out this photo of 'Atropurpureum' at Plant Delights: http://www.plantdelights.com/Phormium-tenax-Atropurpureum-fo...
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Texas (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Sep 26, 2016 8:06 PM CST
I see that I forgot to mention that this is in a fairly shady spot.
Agree that it reminds one of agave or yucca (my 1st 2 guesses years ago as well as locals), especially since I'm in Texas. But we all decided 'no'.
The flaccid leaf yucca could be. Will have to see other pics b/c I can't tell if the 1 pic in the database shows some yellow/gold due to lighting or nature.
I would love it if it turns out to be a Dracaena aletriformis b/c the blooms are gorgeous. Leaves seem too wide.
Am I getting picky now?
At first I thought Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' (New Zealand Flax) was a winner until I read that it had chocolate leaves. Did they mean as in 'tastes like' or 'looks like'?
Too muddy (and too late) to go outside now. Will try to measure (hadn't occurred to me) and hope for better pictures (glaucoma doesn't help). I haven't bothered with it for years. If memory serves, and it might not, the plant might have a taproot. Probably did and that's why I left it alone. Doubt if I've ever fed it.
I love you all for all of these suggestions. I think I might have to give Google a workout.
Stay tuned.
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Sep 27, 2016 4:37 AM CST
There are many different Phormium with different coloured or patterned leaves. It would not be 'Atropurpureum' but one that has plain green leaves. It could well be something else that doesn't flower because of the shade. Do the leaves have sharp tips?
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tx_flower_child
Sep 27, 2016 8:41 PM CST
No, the leaves look like they have sharp tips but they don't. (Reminds me of a true story but I don't want to digress.) Didn't have time to snap another picture but noticed that the plant has grown. And I gave it a light tug to refresh my memory and I would say that it's got a deep taproot. Also haven't had time to do any googling. Once I start, I can stay up all night.

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