Plant ID forum: What is this plant? (and how do I rescue it)

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Cambridgeshire (UK)
Aug 9, 2017 5:51 AM CST

I recently picked this guy up from the street, but he is:

1. seemingly unhealthy, and,
2. much too big for his pot, and for my tiny house

I would really like to keep him, and was wondering whether the leaf damage might be a rectifiable problem - Maybe he was overfed? Or he might just have outgrown the pot (he lives in a smaller plastic pot inside the green planter)? If it's a virus, how do I save him?

I also need to cut him back a little - I have no idea of how to prune this sort of plant, and whether there is any point in doing so without re-potting in this particular case. I suspect my best option would be propagation, but I also don't know where to start with a plant like this.

Any advice will be very welcome indeed! Thanks in advance.


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(apologies if one is meant to live in the US in order to comment! I wasn't sure if that was the case)
Name: Celia
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Aug 9, 2017 8:23 AM CST
No worries on where you are. We have members from all over the world.

Yucca, maybe? I would repot it into something larger with drain holes or in you garden.

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Name: Daisy I
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Aug 9, 2017 5:43 PM CST
I also suspect Yucca.
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Aug 10, 2017 3:54 PM CST
Hi & welcome!

Also compare to Cordyline australis:

Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis)

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