I am new and have no idea what this plant is

docsnurse(7)April 9, 2014

Can someone please help? I am probably one of the worst gardeners in the world. If I water it and it lives, great. If not, well...I move on. I have no idea what the vast majority of my plants are, but I have a number of great plants that have managed to survive my abuse for over 30 years now.

One of which surprised all of us over the last few days. Never, in 30 years, has this plant flowered. And WHAT a flower. It's like essence of gardenia and is filling the whole downstairs with the most marvelous fragrance. I took a couple of pictures and I'm hoping someone can please, please, PLEASE tell me what this plant is?

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asleep_in_the_garden

Dracaena reflexa.

That'd be my guess. :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 8:12PM
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docsnurse(7)

As good a guess as any! I thought it is some sort of miniature palm tree! Like I said, I'm not exactly a rocket scientist when it comes to these things.

I looked it up and found a good description on the Missouri Botanical Museum website. It says it "rarely flowers." No kidding!! I think 30 years counts as rare. I wish I could attach the smell of this thing. Wow...just...WOW.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 8:26PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Definitely not a palm, kinda of cool!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 9:56PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

After a bit of digging I'm thinking I'm going to change my mind and suggest dracaena deremensis instead.

Give that a spin and see if any of the images match(or are at least alot closer.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 10:38PM
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stewartsjon

Yep, Dracaena Deremensis, probably White Stripe, maybe Ulysses.

Flower won't last long before disintegrating in a sticky mess.

You _may_ find that the new growth is a bit distorted after flowering. If so, cut the stem below the flowering point and it'll grow again normally.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 4:17AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Fantastic!!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 8:47AM
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summersunlight(5b)

Definitely a dracaena. Good job. You must be making it happy if it has lasted this long and flowered!

If you were wondering, the little plant to its left in first pic appears to be a kalanchoe.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 11:27AM
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docsnurse(7)

Thank you all for the great answer. As of this afternoon, it's still blooming and we are all enjoying the amazing scent.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 3:23PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Congrats on keeping it alive for so long,great job! :)

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 4:24PM
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