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I am new and have no idea what this plant is

Posted by docsnurse none (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 9, 14 at 20:08

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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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

Dracaena reflexa.

That'd be my guess. :)


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

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.


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

Definitely not a palm, kinda of cool!


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

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.


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

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.


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

Fantastic!!


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

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.


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

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


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RE: I am new and have no idea what this plant is

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


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