Musa x paradisiaca is a tender, edible banana plant with yellow flowers and purple bracts and very large paddle-shape leaves.
Musa x paradisiaca is a sterile hybrid between M. acuminata and M. balbisiana grown for its tasty yellow-skinned fruit. We, in the north, grow it for its tropical foliage flair. A fast growing, suckering perennial with huge, up to 8 feet long, paddle-shaped leaves. Yellow flowers with purple-red bracts bloom in summer on mature plants with the possibility of fruit following. After flowering and fruiting, the pseudo-stem dies with new shoots (suckers) emerging to form new stems. A fast grower, plant height can range from 7 to 25 feet tall. Prefers consistent moist, well-drained soil with heat, sun and humidity. Young plants prefer partial shade. Over winter care needs to be considered.
Common Name: Edible banana / French plantain
Family: Musaceae (The Banana Family)
Zone Hardiness: 9-11
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Purple
Soil Moisture: Average
Stem Colour: Blue
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Light woodland and at forest margins
Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Indian Subcontinent
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