Plant ID forum: Stange Banana-looking plant

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Name: Mike Schwartz
Mt Pleasant, SC (near Charlest (Zone 9a)
rms436
May 27, 2016 7:11 PM CST
We've had this specimen in our garden for about 5 years, having purchased it in a pot at an Ace hardware store and transplanted to the ground. Leaves look somewhat like a banana plant, but it is much shorter (about 3 feet tall max). In early April we were greeted by two yellow flowers for the first time. These are about the size of a medium artichoke. A row of petals, starting at the bottom, open about once weekly, exposing rows of small stamen/pistil looking parts. Bees are very active around it, although we see no evidence (yet) of fruit forming. Does anyone know what this plant is?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
May 27, 2016 7:47 PM CST
Hi Mike, Welcome to garden.org!

That beauty sure looks like Chinese Yellow Banana (Musella lasiocarpa)

More photos can be seen here:
http://www.plantdelights.com/Article/Banana-Trees-For-Perenn...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensete_lasiocarpum
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HamiltonSquare
May 27, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Very nice plant you have.
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