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imageHi please can anyone help I have this plant in my garden and it's grown a huge purple stem out of it which I think looks like it might flower but I didn't think these types of plants flowered, thanks.

Andrew 

Last edited: 21 June 2016 17:57:21

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119

    It's a Phormium . They do flower - and that is the flower spike - but it can take a few years for them to do it, and even then , it can be a hit and miss thing. The flowers are interesting, rather than blousy!  image

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


  • Thanks for that I planted this last year and the stem has grown out of nowhere is it rare for them to flower then?, what do you mean by blousy I'm not a keen gardener at all  so excuse the lack of knowledge, thanks 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119

    The flowers are quite restrained in style - not like a rose or anything big and showy. They're usually orange, and not unlike Strelitzia flowers which are often called bird of paradise as they look 'bird like'. 

    They're really grown as foliage plants though. One of mine flowered last year or the year before, so I'll see if I can find a pic of it. I had two identical plants - bought at the same time, planted in the same containers - everything the same, but only one flowered.

    Some plants can throw out a flower when they're under stress - for instance, if they're short of water or nutrients etc. It's a reaction to that because, if they think they're about to die, they try to reproduce, hence the flower image

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


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