Tropicals forum: decorative banana + a few other new plants

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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
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extranjera
Jul 11, 2012 2:04 PM CST
I got sideswiped today at the nursery, I went to pick up a musseanda and Prince of Orange and when I saw this banana bloom it just lept into my car. Rolling on the floor laughing

The color of the bloom is the most amazing lavender/violet, just luscious. There were additional pups around the base as well. Hurray!
The guy at the nursery told me it won't get much taller than it is, which is good. Anyone recognize it?

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I got the musseanda and the PofO that I went for, but I'm more excited about the lavender bloom on the musa.

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Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
Sweat Weather, Not Sweater Weather
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Gulf Coast Multi-Region Gardener Seed Starter
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krancmm
Jul 13, 2012 1:04 PM CST
Hi Jonna, it's me again. I think the banana is Musa ornata, ornamental only. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GGIH_enUS273US275&...

Does it look the same?
Monica
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
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extranjera
Jul 13, 2012 1:20 PM CST
Thanks again Monica, yes that looks just like it. I see that another name is Musa Mexicana so it's right at home here Hilarious! Now that I have a name I did some reading and it can be invasive. I think I can control it where it is, let's hope. Some say you can even eat the fruit, the place I bought it said no, that it was only ornamental. I have plenty of banana fruit now, I don't really need any more. My freezer is always full and I pester my friends when a bunch is ripening. I'm going to get it in the ground this weekend and put the musseanda behind it. Neither of them are attractive at the base but I'm hoping the musseanda will flop around the base of the musa and it will all blend.

You're a gem for identifying these for me, thank you.

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
Sweat Weather, Not Sweater Weather
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Gulf Coast Multi-Region Gardener Seed Starter
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krancmm
Jul 13, 2012 3:47 PM CST
I've also read that it's edible, but that there are so many hard seeds, it's not worth it. Hope you can control it...sounds like it can really spread. The flowers are striking though.

Nice idea of putting the musseanda with the banana. Should be lovely together.
Monica

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