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13/06/2014 at 22:50


Following the amazing success of the last plant id request, I have another I don't know:

This isn't in my garden  but in the grounds of the Cathedral. It is taller than me (5foot 10) and really rather lovely. Anyone know what it is? If it is worth it I might try to pinch some seeds when it gets to that point 

13/06/2014 at 22:55

Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

13/06/2014 at 22:55

Looks like a phormium to me - not sure if they will grow from seed in our climate .... But nothing ventured etc ....

13/06/2014 at 22:56


13/06/2014 at 22:57

Oops - not a phormium then

13/06/2014 at 22:57

Or maybe it is ......

13/06/2014 at 23:00

Before the frost got it, mine used to flower like that. Then it has flat black shiny seeds.

Should I add one to the white buddleja? Not sure how you'd get it home,it's in a bucket sized pot. And it's variegated. If I remember I'll take a pic tomorrow.

13/06/2014 at 23:01

Phormium! Whoops was I too slow?

13/06/2014 at 23:01

Ok, so I cheated 

13/06/2014 at 23:01

I'd have said phormium but I don't know the Hesperaloe

13/06/2014 at 23:08

Flowers are wrong for hesperaloe.

13/06/2014 at 23:10

Thanks everyone  

Bob, done some googling, I think the others have it I'm afraid 

i might have a go at collecting seeds myself Fidget  It is huge and very lovely. God knows where I would put it in the garden 

14/06/2014 at 00:06

They take a long time to get huge,except in Cornwall.

14/06/2014 at 00:13

Lol snoodle 

I've seen them in gardens Panda, think they are lovely too. Good luck with the seed collecting 

14/06/2014 at 07:10
I agree it's a phormium - there are some ginormous ones in The Garth in the old part of Norwich School of Art.

I don't know that Hesperaloe but I'm glad you introduced us to it Bob It looks fab.

Nut, it would be perfect for your garden
14/06/2014 at 07:16

I have one of these flowering for the first time, it is definitely a Phormium. Don't think it will grow from seed

14/06/2014 at 07:51

Yes - Phormium. One of my Yellow Wave ones  is about to flower any moment. I've just divided some of mine. The common or garden ones get very big - I had the green one which flowered regularly (as in your pic Panda)  but they do need a bit of room to look their best. Lots of good named varieties which tend to be a bit smaller but they're great in containers too. 

If you want a piece of Yellow Wave - green/yellow, or Blackadder - very dark plum, let me know 


14/06/2014 at 08:08

Erm, yes please Fairy  The black adder one looks amazing (although, to be fair, so does the Yellow Wave!). I know where I could put it too so it has loads of room 

14/06/2014 at 08:10

I just have the bog standard phormium and it is a whopper flowers aren't even attractive, might be going to plant heaven soon.


14/06/2014 at 08:17

No prob Panda. PM your address and I'll send some bits to you. They grow on very easily. 

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