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Does anyone know what this plant is called

imageimageI have a plant in my garden and I don't know what it is called.  It flowered about 3 years ago and has started to flower again, it's huge, about the same height at my conservatory roof.  Someone said it might be a tequila plant


  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    New Zealand flax is what I know it as, also known as Phormium

  • That's great, thank you for responding

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    If the tips of the leaves are sharp, I think it's more likely a Yucca.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    I think I'd go with Phormium Bob, I took this picture of the flowers on my Yucca today.  I used to grow a Phormium Platt's Black and the flowers looked like those in the picture, they were an orange colour and very exotic looking.

    I've yet to see what my Yuccas will do as this is the first time they've flowered but I expect creamy bells as per the books.


  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,982

    Those Yukka flowers are awesome!  

    Debbie, the long flowering stems of the Flax will soon burst open to reveal tubular flowers - mine are just coming out...


    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    They are very similar aren't they?  I've been here 3 years and this is the first set of flowers I've had.  Changes this year being 2 x large trees blew down next door so more light and I built a summer house in the way of the prevailing wind so very pleased to see the effect.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,027

    It's a Phormium. The growth habit (of the foliage)  is different on a yukka. It has more of a 'trunk', while phormiums are clump forming.  image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks everyone for your help on this.  They are progreading nicely.  It is a very strange plant image

    Last edited: 18 June 2017 10:12:07

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    Sorry for hi-jacking the thread but the yucca flowers have started opening and I wanted to share and this seemed like a good place  (I'll get more when they all open) 


  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    The spikes are taller than my husband, he's 5'10".

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