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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.

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  • 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
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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... – kevinsky Apr 29 '15 at 16:44
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    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
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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
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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.

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