Plant ID forum: Does anyone know what plant this is?

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Oct 21, 2017 10:17 AM CST

This plant has now grown too much and it is blocking the light through our window. We do not know what type it is. Does anyone? Also what would be the best way to trim it? We don't want to ruin it but need to create more light for ourselves.

Any advice grateful!
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Oct 21, 2017 1:12 PM CST
A cast iron plant maybe? Looks like one to me (Aspidista attenuata). But I hope other members can correct me if I'm wrong.
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Oct 21, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Welcome! Sjones83 and Faridat

Maybe New Zealand Flax? Have you even seen it bloom?
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Oct 22, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Welcome! I agree I think it is a New Zealand Flax, or Phormium.
Quite a large specimen to have in front of your window, probably best to remove it, unless you want to wait to see it flowering. Good luck
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Oct 22, 2017 9:54 PM CST
It's Phormium. These are often planted on new housing estates without regard to how big they can get. With the bloom stalks they can reach 12 feet. As yours is a pretty boring plain green variety (there are some wonderfully coloured cultivars) I'd remove it. You'll need someone with some strength though as they can be very hard to get out. Get rid of it and plant something much more interesting and wildlife friendly. There are some lovely small shrubs like Pyracantha which you can trim to size, or plant some perennials to give you a longer season of interest.

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