Plant identification

I’m working on getting the names of all the plants in our yard (common and scientific) so I can learn about them, take better care of them, move them if they need more/less shade, etc.

Anyone know what these are?

1. Nondescript bush in the foreground

Still unknown…

2. Spiky dangerous plant, maybe Spanish Bayonet?

Century Plant / Agave (tequilana?)

3. Zebra-striped grass-like plant

Sansevieria trifasciata / Mother-in-law’s Tongue

4. Another spiky plant, not dangerous

Still unknown…

5. I'm most curious about this one right now. I think it's a legume, as it has little bean pods

Vinca rosea / Periwinkle

6. Another purple flower

Kaempferia laotica / Peacock Ginger

6 Replies to “Plant identification”

  1. The first of the flowers is Vinca Rosea (a form of Periwinkle)—I have them too. I have another one of these and now you have successfully distracted me from my housecleaning duties to look it up.

  2. Glad to hear you guys are back!!! Check out for specifics on your plant care once you have figured out what they all are, it’s a great site. # 2 is a century plant and #6 is peacock ginger

  3. The plant you are most currious about is a vinca, I think, and it’s not part of the legume family. The others plants can easily be identified at a local nursery because all are very commen. Love Mom C

  4. The striped one is a snake plant. You mush be where its warm if its growing outside. They don’t like cold. I don’t think the one is legume, the leaves are shaped wrong. they look more like a japanese mock orange or a fagraea berteriana, but both of those have white flowers so I am not sure.

  5. #1 – Looks like a Ligustrum japonicum. Hard to tell, but I think so.
    #4 – Dracaena marginata
    Good job on identifying the rest 🙂

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