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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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.
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greene
Sep 26, 2016 4:11 PM CST
Could be an Agave. (?)
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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)
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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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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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BlueOddish
Jul 31, 2018 9:41 PM CST
Definitely a Yucca.
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tx_flower_child
Jul 31, 2018 10:48 PM CST
@BlueOddish — What makes you so positive? Do you have one in mind? I'd given up on finding out. I think if it got sun we might have a better clue. Anyway, I'd love to know.
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BlueOddish
Jul 31, 2018 11:56 PM CST
Being a 'Yuccaholic' Hilarious! , I tend to over analyze these plants. I also have a Yucca filamentosa in a slightly less shady spot and it bears a striking resemblance to your plant. There are also some Y. filamentosa in my neighborhood that are in deep shade and they also look a lot like your plant.
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Aug 1, 2018 12:09 AM CST
I would think if it's a yucca the tips would be sharp. Shrug!
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BlueOddish
Aug 1, 2018 12:43 AM CST
Some of the east coast Yucca are spineless or nearly so, including Y. filamentosa and Y. flaccida.
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frostweed
Aug 1, 2018 5:48 AM CST
I think it is Yucca flaccida, I have one that looks just like yours. Smiling
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Aug 1, 2018 11:30 AM CST

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tx_flower_child
Aug 1, 2018 12:44 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:@plantladylin called it almost 2 years ago! Thumbs up


That's kinda what I thought. But I'm always open to new suggestions.

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