This plant came with the house and I want to move it, but before I do I'd like to research it. Does anyone know what this plant is called? It's in Austin, Texas.


  • What's the location? Knowing that would greatly narrow down the possibilities. Also, have you seen any flowers from it by chance? – The Flash Apr 29 '15 at 16:08
  • No flowers just green spears basically.Kinda soft and limp. Not thick and sturdy. It's in Austin TX – Daniel Apr 29 '15 at 16:09

It looks like Spanish bayonet, Yucca aloifolia, or Yucca elephantipes. The first has thorns on the end of the leaves, the second one doesn't - but both usually make a woody stem, so this one's either been cut down, either deliberately or by winter, or its not a Yucca. Leaves look a little too stiff to be one of the Phormium cookanium varieties.

  • Most Yuccas seem to have a waxy gray cast to their leaves though... – kevinskio Apr 29 '15 at 16:44
  • 1
    Not Yucca elephantipes, that's just green and shiny... – Bamboo Apr 29 '15 at 16:48
  • I think yucca is thicker and stiffer on the leaves. These are thin. Picture might be misleading but it's not sharp or anything. – Daniel Apr 29 '15 at 18:45
  • @Daniel - close up might help, but there are versions of Yucca with leaves that aren't rigid and thick. No threads hanging from the sides of the leaves anywhere, are there? – Bamboo Apr 30 '15 at 11:04

Looks to me like something in the Dracaena genus, though I'm not sure specifically which species.

  • The leaves look just a little to long and thin to be Dracaena Deremensis, though it might fit. – Michael.Lumley Apr 29 '15 at 16:43
  • If it turns into that, i'm in trouble. – Daniel Apr 29 '15 at 18:53
  • Why? It's a common enough houseplant, but probably wouldn't do that well outdoors in direct sun. – Michael.Lumley Apr 29 '15 at 19:01

It's some form of Yucca. I moved it from the front to the back and I can report it is still alive and looking very nice.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.