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Can any one identify this plant please
We have had them for about ten years and it is only the last two years they have flowered



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Hello and welcome to GOY James.

Wow thats huge sorry dont know what it could be.

18 Jun, 2012

 

Looks like Phormium, not sure which variety.

18 Jun, 2012

 

I would say Phormium tenax, or as my son calls it,
TRIFFID, lol

18 Jun, 2012

 

Would it be a Yucca.Had one many moons ago but it outgrew its space.

18 Jun, 2012

 

I think it is a yucca - we had one like this when I was a child.

18 Jun, 2012

 

It's amazing according to my bit of research it's probably a narrow leafed Yucca here's the link http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/plateaus/nature/images/yucca.html

18 Jun, 2012

 

I cant decide on yucca or phormium. I'm more inclined to Phormium as mine have flowered and I seem to rememeber the flowering spike like this. when they open post another photo and we will be better able to help.

welcome to GoY too.

18 Jun, 2012

 

I'm sticking with Phormium - I can't see any short trunk at the base of those plants, and the leaves look too lax for Yucca. I wonder if they have a sharp thorn on the end - if they do, then its Yucca.

18 Jun, 2012

 

True, Bamboo - they do look a bit bendy!

18 Jun, 2012

dgw
Dgw
 

Phormium, not yucca .

18 Jun, 2012

 

I think it is a form of Phormium, tenax being the more common to flower. If you are lucky you may get some lovely red flowers. if not quite so lucky they will be a dirty mustard colour.
I love these plants, the leaves are excellent to use as plant ties if you split them down.

19 Jun, 2012

 

Phormium tenax. They have orangey-red flowers that are filled with shiny black seeds afterwards, which germinate quite easily. They take 10-15 years to reach the size in the photos.

Phorium tenax is quite often used by landscapers as they are large and take little care (severe winters can kill them though).

19 Jun, 2012

 

That's a good idea, 2ndhand!

19 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks to all that answered
It seems , by consensus , to be a Phorium however, it did not have a coloured last year. It did have lots of black seeds

19 Jun, 2012

 

I 'm almost sure its a New Zealand flax. We were given ours years ago and it actually came as a young plant from New Zealand. It also took about 10 years to flower and it was huge and at least 10 foot high.

22 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks Rose1949 for your answer .On reading up on New Zealand Flax I see it is a Phormium

23 Jun, 2012

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