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Plant Identification: Possible Century Giant Plant? (Agave)

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thinnmintt
Spring, TX

April 18, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6429258

What looks like two giant asparagus-like stocks are growing out of a plant in our front yard. I did a little research and thought it might be a Century Giant. I just wanted to get more opinions to find out exactly what it is. Right now, it's at least 7ft tall and it's growing pretty fast. We're not sure if we should cut it down or let it grow...

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ArchAngeL01
Myrtle Beach, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 19, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6429886

nope its a yucca ,not sure of which variety though

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 19, 2009
1:18 AM

Post #6429996

Might be Yucca glauca.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 19, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6430113

Yucca glauca doesn't normally have 7 foot flower stems. It's pretty modestly-sized, in the yucca world.

EDIT: Some closer photos, of both the plant, and the flower buds, would probable be helpful. Is the plant actually purplish in colour? It seems to contrast quite a bit from the other (obviously green) foliage in the photo.

This message was edited Apr 18, 2009 6:59 PM

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 19, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6430156

Yucca glauca var. stricta is a larger than normal plant; but there are several other species with narrow leaves. Yucca glauca is widely cultivated.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 19, 2009
2:04 AM

Post #6430185

Hmm, very enlightening... 1.8m flower stalks... I must get one and amaze the neighbors, LOL!
Zigur
Thousand Oaks, CA

April 19, 2009
5:59 AM

Post #6430906

Looks more like Phormium sp.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6432076

No, not a phormium--the flower stalks do not match.

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