Blood banana

Musa zebrina

Photo/Illustration: 
Danielle Sherry
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Blood banana (Musa zebrina)
MOO-sah zeb-REE-nah
Genus:  Musa
An oversize tender perennial, blood banana has large, fleshy, rubberlike leaves with dark markings. The foliage is green with random reddish purple blotches. On mature plants, orange or red flowers develop into inedible orange fruits. -Julia Jones, Designing with annuals, Fine Gardening issue #120
Care:  Provide full sun and humusy soil in a sheltered location, away from wind.
Propagation:  From offsets or seed. Seeds may take several months to germinate.
Problems:  Cucumber mosaic virus, black leaf streak, anthracnose, wilt, spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, burrowing nematode.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Red Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Container,
Beds and Borders,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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