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Ensete ventricosum

For sale by Desert to Jungle

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Maurelii variety. The Red Abyssinian banana. Not hardy, (although it may come through winter outside if protected) but a "must have" plant. Huge purple and green leaves. Keep damp and well fed for the most colourful leaves. Height up to 3m.

Pot SizeTotal Price
1 litre

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Plant Finder: about Ensete ventricosum

Common names

Abyssinian banana, Ensete, Ethiopian banana


Ensete ventricosum (Abyssinian banana). An upright, palm-like evergreen perennial native to tropical Africa. Bears red-green, spoon-shaped leaves. grown for its showy inflorescence which are droopy spikes of red bracts in late spring. The fruits are banana-like but are not edible.

Interest and use

Fruit, food

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Ensete ventricosum | Taunton, Somerset, TA3 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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