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Jonathangiff
Jul 29, 2017 2:37 AM CST
Hi,

Please see photo below. Is this normal? I have 3 of these plants but only 1 appears to be sprouting from the top.

Any help appreciated.
Jonathan
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Jai_Ganesha
Jul 29, 2017 4:31 AM CST
It looks like your yucca might be setting seeds?
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Zencat
Jul 29, 2017 5:33 AM CST
I've never seen a yucca flower like that before. Can you look inside and see if it's growing from the plant itself? I'm curious about this and looking forward to better answers for you.
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WillC
Jul 29, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Definitely, a Yucca flower that has already started to fade and set seed. Not a candidate for a floral bouquet! Most plants that we think of as foliage plants do flower under the right circumstances. Ferns are an exception, of course.
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Jonathangiff
Jul 29, 2017 12:11 PM CST
All - thanks for the prompt responses. Can i ask is it ok to cut away? Will it damage the Yucca? I am a novice to gardening so apologies for the questions.

Zencat - yes, the flower is growing directly from the centre of the yucca
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sooby
Jul 29, 2017 12:24 PM CST
It looks more like a Cordyline to me, here's a picture of Cordyline australis in flower. I can't imagine a yucca having flowered and the flowers not being noticed......

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Jonathangiff
Jul 29, 2017 12:48 PM CST
They were sold as yucca. Either way can i remove?
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Frillylily
Jul 29, 2017 12:50 PM CST
sooby said:It looks more like a Cordyline to me, here's a picture of Cordyline australis in flower. I can't imagine a yucca having flowered and the flowers not being noticed......

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I agree.
Yuccas get a huge tall heavy stalk of prominent white flowers that are not forgotten or looked over. They also do not look like this.
they look more like a large pod.
Either way, I'd cut it off.
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Baja_Costero
Jul 29, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Yes, the flower remnants are too fine and too closely spaced together to be Yucca. And yes, you can chop it any time you want.
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Yardenman
Jul 30, 2017 12:51 AM CST
Yucca flowers are tall and distinct. I think you simply have a weed growing there. Just pull it.
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Calif_Sue
Jul 30, 2017 9:56 AM CST

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ScotTi
Jul 30, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Jonathangiff said:They were sold as yucca. Either way can i remove?


No harm will be done cutting out the flower stalk.

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