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Slightly Bemused writes:

I have a couple of plants at the front of my house, nestled under the box shrub by the path. Every couple of years a couple of spires arise from the depths and eventually flower with white blooms. I call them my Trffids, but beyond that I do not know what they are. They tend to lean out into the path as if to trap a passing pedestrian or doggie.

I had wanted to get a picture of them upright in flower, but unfortunately they collapsed yesterday, I suspect under the weight of the rains we had. So I had to prune them, and clear the surface for the unwary.

If anyone could let me know what they are, I would be most grateful. The first two photos show them upright before they bloomed, which may help. I tried a Google Image search, but to no avail.


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        1. millie bobby brownie

          Thank you! Always good to have these things to hand as young miss is big into her plants and animals and insects.

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Thanks guys. Adam’s Needle could be right. The entry says it prefers hot sun, which might explain why it does not spire every year.

    PictureThis looks interesting too, I often would like to know what flowers and plants are along my walks. I can just about manage roses, but even then I lose it at what type :-)

  2. Butters

    It’s New Zealand flax, also known as Phormium tenax. Larger ones by the coast make excellent perches for small birds.

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