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Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

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Banana-like tropical-looking foliage turns purple with age. 100 to 130 cm tall.

Ensete ventricosum  ‘Maurelii’ | Gunnislake, Cornwall, PL18
Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres

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Plant Finder: about Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Common names

Ethiopian Black Banana, Abyssinian Banana


Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ (Ethiopian Black Banana). This is a plant grown in temperate climates as an ornamental, however, the roots and centres of the tree are used in Africa as a staple food. The leaves have central purple veins and are large and paddle-shaped, much like a banana plant, and they turn purple as they mature.


This plant needs winter protection and planting in a protected position in the garden.

Interest and use

Ornamental foliage, also grown as a food crop and used for fibre and feeding livestock in Africa.

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Ensete ventricosum  ‘Maurelii’ | Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

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