Wild Banana (Ensete ventricosum) in the False Bananas Database

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Botanical names:
Ensete ventricosum Accepted
Musa ventricosa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 to 20'
Plant Spread: 6 to 10'
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Other: Infloresence may produce small bananas which are inedible
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Vegetable
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Propagation is by seed in the wild.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic


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June 1, 2011

June brings the end of school, Father's Day and summer. Summer brings hot weather and plants may need extra water. Honey bees will also need extra water to keep the hive cool.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 6:41 PM

Honey bees get nectar and yellow or grey pollen from this plant.

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Nov 4, 2012 9:32 PM

Believed to be first cultivated in Ethiopica for their corms which can reach 90 lbs. (40kg). Time to bloom approximately 5 years.

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