Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii') in the False Bananas Database

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Ensete maurelii
Ensete ventricosum 'Rubrum'
Ensete maurelii 'Red Abyssinian'

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)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 to 20 feet (1.8-6m)
Plant Spread: 8 to 10 feet (2.4-3m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Fragrant
Other: Infloresence may produce small bananas which are inedible
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal. Bloom can occur in any season depending on size of plant and climate.
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Vegetable
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Other info: Propagation is by seed in the wild.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic

Went from little to huge in 6 months.

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Nov 4, 2012 9:14 PM

A sport of E. ventricosum, if propagated from seed the typical green leaved species will likely result.

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Posted by RadlyRootbound (East-Central Mississippi - Zone 8a) on Jul 2, 2018 5:53 AM

Not much of a root system on this plant; mostly just a bulb very similar to a young onion, with small, tender roots radiating from the bottom.

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Is the ID correct? by Mangogirl Apr 2, 2012 8:45 PM 5
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