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CaMidltn68
Dec 20, 2016 12:19 AM CST
A friend has a plant that he has no idea what it is. Below are pictures of it. Does anyone have any ideas of what this plant is?

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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 20, 2016 3:22 AM CST
Hesperaloe parviflora?
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Silversurfer
Dec 20, 2016 8:09 AM CST
Looks like Beschorneria yuccoides.

http://www.aphotoflora.com/ima...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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mcvansoest
Dec 20, 2016 8:44 AM CST
I agree! I was going to say it looked like a yucca, but with not quite right flowers...
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plantladylin
Dec 20, 2016 10:41 AM CST
It sure is pretty, whichever it is. For comparison:
Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
Mexican False Red Yucca (Beschorneria yuccoides)
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Dec 20, 2016 10:56 AM CST
If you look at the flowers of the Hesperaloe closely it is obvious that the plant here is not that. Leaves are wrong as well, which on the Hesperaloe are thin and narrow often with filaments on them.
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DaisyI
Dec 20, 2016 11:03 AM CST
Or maybe New Zealand Flax - Phormium sp.
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greene
Dec 20, 2016 11:30 AM CST
Silversurfer said:...Beschorneria yuccoides.


I agree Deer, rabbit and drought resistant. Sounds like a good plant for my place.

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plantladylin
Dec 20, 2016 6:14 PM CST
Looks more like Beschorneria to me than it does Phormium. Here's a Phormium from the database for comparison: New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax)
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DaisyI
Dec 20, 2016 6:31 PM CST
A photo of the whole plant would be good.
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Silversurfer
Dec 21, 2016 4:23 AM CST
I was trying to be tactful above!
Rather than a blunt...it is not Hesperaloe parviflora.
I said looks like Beschorneria yuccoides.
What I actually mean is...I am positive this is Beschorneria yuccoides.

The colour of the leaves,the red stalk and red bracts as well as the shape of the flower all fit .
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Sorry but it is not Phormium.

More pics here...

http://www.aphotoflora.com/mon...

https://www.google.co.uk/searc...
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 21, 2016 10:27 AM CST
I'm not insisting its Phormium. And if Cindy looks at the links and says "yes, Beschorneria yuccoides", I'm good with that. Generally, its dangerous making an ID based on a flower stalk. And maybe the flowers on this plant are distinctive enough to ID from those. Still, seeing the whole plant would be nice.
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kniphofia
Dec 21, 2016 10:49 AM CST
Definitely Beschorneria, I saw one in flower at Harlow Carr this year. My photos are in the plant database.
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CaMidltn68
Dec 21, 2016 11:06 PM CST
CaMidltn68 said:A friend has a plant that he has no idea what it is. Below are pictures of it. Does anyone have any ideas of what this plant is?

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My friend told me today that it grows in Little Karoo, South Africa. If this helps. At least I would hope that it would.
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kniphofia
Dec 21, 2016 11:31 PM CST
Your question has been answered.
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CaMidltn68
Dec 22, 2016 12:19 AM CST
Sue, how has it been answered? The links for pictures has made me more confused. I passed the links on to my friend and have him to go and check them out to see if it is his plant or not.

I want to thank everyone for attempting to help me with this question. And I appreciate all your help.

I also want to thank you for being gracious enough to let me join your group. I am a beginner. Even though I used to work in a green house, and at a florist that dealt with green plants.

I know the main ones like pothros, silver queen, peace lilly, diffenbachia, corn plant, ribbon plant, spider plant, Boston fern, English ivy, Norfolk pine, croton, just to name a few. I have a plant at my job, that my supervisor and I both have no clue as to what it actually is. I work in a floral department at Kroger grocery store. The plant has leaves that curl on the edges, that is deep purple on one side and green (I think) on the other. Kind of looks a little like lace maybe?! I will take a picture tomorrow and then up load it tomorrow night. Confused

But I wasn't trying to start an argument over a plant. Just needed to try and figure this out for him.

Everyone have a nice night or day whichever the case may be for you.
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 22, 2016 12:37 AM CST
CaMidltn68 said:Sue, how has it been answered? The links for pictures has made me more confused. I passed the links on to my friend and have him to go and check them out to see if it is his plant or not.

I want to thank everyone for attempting to help me with this question. And I appreciate all your help.

I also want to thank you for being gracious enough to let me join your group. I am a beginner. Even though I used to work in a green house, and at a florist that dealt with green plants.

I know the main ones like pothros, silver queen, peace lilly, diffenbachia, corn plant, ribbon plant, spider plant, Boston fern, English ivy, Norfolk pine, croton, just to name a few. I have a plant at my job, that my supervisor and I both have no clue as to what it actually is. I work in a floral department at Kroger grocery store. The plant has leaves that curl on the edges, that is deep purple on one side and green (I think) on the other. Kind of looks a little like lace maybe?! I will take a picture tomorrow and then up load it tomorrow night. Confused

But I wasn't trying to start an argument over a plant. Just needed to try and figure this out for him.

Everyone have a nice night or day whichever the case may be for you.


Just ignore (don't respond) any people who try to shut you down. It's a very useful skill on the Internet. :)
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kniphofia
Dec 22, 2016 12:40 AM CST
My computer is in the shop at present so am only on my iPad but if you click on the Plant Database at the top of the page and search for Beschorneria you will see the entry there. You should start a new thread for your lace-like plant.
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kniphofia
Dec 22, 2016 12:42 AM CST
I am not trying to "shut anyone down" whatever that means. Cindy has asked the question and it has been answered, simple as that.

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