Any gardeners out there?

This plant is in my front garden and has been for three years, but this is the first time it’s flowered. Well, it hasn’t actually flowered just yet, it may not. I can’t tell! I’m baffled! Look at the tall thing growing from the long spikey leaves. It’s about 5ft tall. Any ideas?



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    Sue Says:

    I have it on good authority from my mom that it’s a yukka.

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    Sue Says:

    Try looking at this site. It’s Australian but it has lots of pictures including this one

    Hope this helps.

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    Leslie Says:

    It is a yucca. After it flowers, and it is in the process of doing that, it will die back. It will likely have made babies, pups, at its’ base, and they will take the parent plants’ place.
    These plants are typically hot climate plants, and will sit for years without the flower. Then, in response to a lot of rain (last year, perhaps?) it will feel safe enough to reproduce.
    It is beautiful in flower. I think there are pictures of some on my blog. More likely I have pictures of agave, but it is similar in habit.
    Came here through Irish Sally Garden.

  4. 4

    Thankyou ladies. I can’t wait to see the flower!

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    Karen Says:

    As I sit here and scratch my poison ivy after doing yardwork last weekend, I have sworn of any and all yardwork for the rest of my life!

    I’m no help.

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    Sue Says:

    Glad to have been of help. Why the lonely face tonight?

  7. 7
    Sue Says:

    I’ve got a miserable face. I’m still trying to get the accounts done, so thought I’d do a bit more tonight. I’ve usually got it all done by end May, so a tad behind!

  8. 8

    That’s it! I’m going to change my face…. 😆

  9. 9
    Sue Says:

    Oh goodness I’ve just seen your new face! I don’t know if that’s better or worse.

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    Michelle Says:

    I can’t remember the name of it, but it sure looks like some of the plants/cactus’ we have here in the desert! Then I read a comment about it being a yucca and that does sound right to me!

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    I’m confused. Yukkas are normally a houseplant in Ireland….

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    Dawn Says:

    That is really cool. My mom had an aloe vera plant (in her house) do the same thing this spring. It was really neat and nothing we had seen before. I don’t know much about desert plants, but assume aloe vera is related to yucca or is it the same thing, different name. They look very much the same. Congratulations on your great plant!

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    donetta Says:

    I see it as an agave a succulent we see a lot of here in Az. It is true that they spend all they have on the bloom. If the leaves are spiked on the edges they are called Mother-in-Law agave’. If I am correct use care with the sap getting on you, it can be very asidic. (NO JOKE!)

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    Leslie Says:

    C:\Documents and Settings\Leslie\My Documents\Leslie Docs\My Pictures\yucca flower New Mexico.jpg
    This is what the flowers will look like. Yucca is one tough plant, and will tolerate a wide variety of climates. It has been used as a houseplant, albeit a dangerous:) one. I remember them growing rampant in my friends’ yard in New Jersey, and we always avoided getting near them. Ouch!

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    I have three of them in the garden. It is definitely a yucca. They are pretty hardy but the fact that these islands are bathed by the Gulfstream ensures they can grow in Britain and Ireland

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