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Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2013
7:38 AM

Post #9666928

this looks similar to a spider plant, but isn't. The leaves are not as waxy, thick or long. There are tiny flower spikes, the stick up.
Any ideas?

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9666943

it kind of looks like a variegated Dianella. are the flowers on wiry long stems?
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

September 22, 2013
8:25 AM

Post #9666979

it's a "spider plant".
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2013
9:37 AM

Post #9667037

trackinsand, yes the flowers are.
Let me look that up.
Barb
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9667230

Chlorophytum comosum.

rastgurlz1

rastgurlz1
Cohoes, NY

September 22, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9667247

Maybe a Ribbon plant
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 22, 2013
10:40 PM

Post #9667614

Can you take a picture of the flowers?

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) flowers are white, and are closely attached to the stem. The flower stem may branch, but not much. The stem may be upright or arch. The longer it is the more it arches. Ultimately baby plants grow on it.
Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum' is the spider plant that is variegated on the outside of the leaf.
Chlorophytum laxum “Zebra” is a variety of spider plant with variegated edges, but stays a bit smaller than the average spider plant.
Leaves are often V shaped, with a fairly thick mid rib (especially near the base) and a slightly succulent or waxy texture.

Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' and 'Silver Streak' have blue flowers that hang a bit from the upright stems. Then they turn into metalic blue fruit. However, These plants get larger than spider plants. Wider, flatter leaf, not V shaped, not succulent.
There are other species of Dianella, such as D. revoluta, that are also available with variegated leaves. Some are smaller, too. Look into all, watching for white flowers. (I think I see white flowers on your plant)

Another plant to look into is Phormium tenax 'Tiny Tiger'
Very similar leaf to the Dianellas- a flat strap with variegated edges. This is a very small Phormium, 12" (some growers say to 2'). Also sold as P. 'aurea-nana'
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2013
11:48 PM

Post #9667630

What about variegated flax lily?

here is photo of the bloom. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/361019/

This message was edited Sep 23, 2013 1:58 AM

Angie12345

Angie12345
Melbourne
Australia

September 23, 2013
3:09 AM

Post #9667681

Phormium Tenax ... common name New Zealand flax. Very common in Victoria Australia where I am.
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

September 23, 2013
3:20 AM

Post #9667686

Succulent roots on the pictured plant are unmistakably "spider plant" - Chlorophytum comosum
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

September 23, 2013
9:18 AM

Post #9667981

That's what I was looking at too, Vestia, though I'm not familiar with other Chlorophytums. If they all have those tuberous roots, that could just indicate genus, not necessarily species.
Rlalique
Bristol
United Kingdom

September 24, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9669027

Try Chlorophytum bichetii
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2013
12:52 PM

Post #9670015

Ah ha! I think that's it! Chlorophytum bichetii
Phew!
Barb

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