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Musella lasiocarpa

Chines dwarf banana

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  • Musella lasiocarpa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Musella lasiocarpa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height1.4m to 1.7m
  • Spread1.4m to 1.7m
  • Flower ColourOchre yellow
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Musella lasiocarpa (Chines dwarf banana). This ornamental banana grows trunk-like pseudostems and large, upright grey-green banana-like leaves. Throughout the summer the plant typically bears 2-3 large, ochre yellow, lotus-like flowers that grow from the top of the stems. In warmer climates the flowers are followed by small inedible banana fruit.

Other common names

Golden lotus banana

Origin

Yunnan province of China

Interest and use

Grown for their dazzling flowers and tropical impact. The flowers can lust up to 6 months.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

As with other bananas, plant where leaves will not be damaged by wind. Over-winter in frost-free conservatory or greenhouse. Keep soil moist but not wet.

Pests, diseases or disorders

No significant pests or diseases.

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