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dtorreJune 18, 2014

Central FL, found these in middle of property overgrown for 10 years...younger plant looked similar to aloe but these are a thinner leaf and droopy. Want to know if they are beneficial? Or if I should remove for planting a garden. Thanks for any help

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Puya sp

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 12:04AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

The 'grassy' plants? I thought Billbergia when I looked at the pic.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 9:36AM
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richard(inland CA, 9a)

Some terrestrial bromeliad, maybe puya or bromelia, so droopy they seem to be in excessive shade. Beware, in the right spot they can get enormous, and the spines are wicked. Takes an enthusiast to grow them for their amazing flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bromelia

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 10:43AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

They remind me of the Yucca filamentosa which grow around the trees above the creek (where the mower doesn't get them).

I assume bromeliads wouldn't survive in 7a (this past winter was more like 6b).

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 11:48AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Central florida is 9b/10a. Puya is common there.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 3:01PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Sorry if I wasn't clear. I certainly wasn't suggesting that bromeliads don't grow in central Florida, simply noting a resemblance to what I believe are Yucca filamentosa (common in NC and hardy in colder zones than we have in NC, and like the photo, rather floppy under the trees above the creek).

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 11:47AM
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