Posted: 01/07/2013 at 21:33
Nut, do you think it is a phormium ? I'm not sure. Had phormiums before, a lot nicer looking plants, but always a bit tender in Yorks if planted in the ground. The trifid is very tough has inflexible leaves, but not sharp, tough as old boots, no die back, not bothered by hard frosts, been buried and flattened by snow, almost drowned, never fed, and had lumps dug away from base. Doesn't produce any basal off shoots.
It arrived about 15yrs ago in a pot with a phormium, that we were given when GC flooded. We potted it on and it remained smallish in a pot for 10yrs. Then I stuck it in the garden and that's the result. Horrid orange flower thing but I haven't the heart to dig it out.
Haven't found anything in books quite like it, would like to be able to give it a name.