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Lost the identification label.

I bought a plant a few months back and have lost its label.  It's either a Phormium or a Cordyline.  How can I tell which it is?


  • Post leaf pics? 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    Phormiums form a clump and Cordylines have a main trunk with the foliage coming from it.

    I don't grow cordylines as they're not so hardy up here but these are Phormiums:



    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • I'm afraid that I haven't got the technology  image

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,206

    Love those pots Fairy!

    Eynsham Red, think Fairy has sorted out the technology, so you don't need to.  But next time, if you can get a picture on your computer then you can add it in using the tree icon in the bar at the top of your editing box.

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • Thanks FG.  It's a farly young plant and doesn't have an obvious trunk.  Would it be obvious on a young plant?  I guess I'll just have to put it in the GH over winter just to be sure.

  • Hi Chicky.  The technology I haven't got is a digital camera.  Lost it last holiday and haven't replaced it yet!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    Yes ER. A young /small phormium will look a bit like a fan and is quite solid at the base like an Iris. The cordyline foliage comes out of the trunk like the struts on an umbrella.  image

    Thanks chick- they're from Ikea! Had them for years and weren't dear either.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    ER as you suggest put "it" in the GH over winter, won't do it any harm. I've had phormium & cordyline in pots when they were young and have protected them.

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