Red banana

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Red banana (Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii')
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Synonyms:  Musa arnoldiana
Genus:  Ensete
This banana-like perennial has large paddle-shaped leaves, which range in color from deep claret brown to red-purple to pale green, produced from the center of the plant, with thick midribs bright red beneath. White flowers are borne in inflorescences 3 to 4 feet long. Fruits are banana-like but dry and unpalatable.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Large reddish leaves. Reaches 20 feet or more.
Care:  Native to the tropical and subtropical forests of Africa, bananas are large herbaceous plants that die back in winter in frosty areas. Grow outdoors in rich soil in a sheltered area. Lift plants before first frost, cut back long roots, and reduce top-growth to the newest 2 or 3 leaves.
Propagation:  Sow seed in spring after soaking in tepid water for 24 hours. Germination is erratic.
Problems:  Spider mites and aphids may be problems, especially under glass.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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