Identification: pic of unknown plant

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  1. MOCHA

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    I need some help to id this plant so I know how to care for it.there is also a pic of my crazy aloe with the 5 " tall flower that doesn't bloom.it just gets taller?
     
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    The images are a little small, but I'll hazard a candidate ID: Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata', or variegated cast iron plant. I presume the pinkish colour is a chromatic aberration on the part of the camera, as is the rough, jagged look to the leaf margins (camera phone?). If the leaves really are serrated, it may be a Pandanus, though the somewhat stubby profile would make that unlikely.

    The aloe probably just needs more time and/or light for its flower stalk to mature.
     
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    well the leaves are like a draceana? It doesn't come out of the soil like a cast Iron plant either? or do the different speices variey as far as growth?
     
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    Hmm. A. elatior is the only Aspidistra commonly seen in the trade (aside from "Chinese ribbon plant"); so if your plant has a trunk, it might well be a Dracaena. I suppose the angle of the shots made me think it was low-growing in habit, rather than just young.
     
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    ohh sorry about all the PM's Im going to look around on the net and see what I can come up with. any tips for care? Honestly when I first saw it I thought it might have been a colorama (until I saw a pic)
     
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    Oh! If the plant really is pinkish, check out Cordyline terminalis ("Hawaiian ti plant"). There are several colour combos out there. If it's a Dracaena, I'd suggest giving it moderately bright light (east or west window) and water sparingly, letting the first few inches of soil dry out between waterings. Cordyline generally likes brighter light and a consistently moist soil.
     
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    ooohh my gosh, see I looked all over for cordyline and turned up nothing : ( I thought the same thing. It has more purple I mean like a deep almost velvet purple. then the variegated pink on top. I also think it may require high hunidity due to the brown leaf tips.maybe salt damage which draceana's are sensitive to. right?
     
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    Try Rhoeo. Joe
     
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    OHHH THATS SOO COOL !! thank you so much I have been racking my brain and every other person I talk too as well thank you. Audrey
     

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