Plant ID forum: Help me ID this plant from Mexico City

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Houston, Texas
Jul 7, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Hi, I saw these around Mexico City and fell in love! The leaves stick straight up and are kept trimmed, not sure if they flower or not.

Thanks in advance!
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Name: Lin
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Jul 7, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Hi camillej, Welcome!

I'm thinking they might be a variety of Yucca with the tips pruned off due to the dangeroius, sharp points. We have lots of different Yucca's listed in the database:

Hopefully someone will be along shortly and recognize the plants to give you a more exact ID.

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Name: Sherry Austin
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Jul 7, 2017 4:04 PM CST
The ones in back are New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax)..

That's pretty intensive pruning to cut each tip into a point.. Most have more of an arching growth... but really, they need more room than that.. Pruning that hard is a crime to me. It's just not the best plant for that application.
If you want something that gives that vertical effect, and have a *contained* space (It runs), a real architectural plant that looks especially good with modern architecture is Equisetum hymenale.. I think it would serve you better for that type of look than the NZ Flax... which wants to be 6' around...
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I agree Phormium, sadly butchered Phormium.
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