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Jan 7, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Zone 5
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Taken at a conservatory, I don't know if these are pods that are to bloom, or have bloomed. Regardless, they were striking.

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Jan 7, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Definitely shot at an interesting angle! Nicely done, Fleur Thumbs up
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Jan 7, 2016 6:20 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Oh so dramatic with that lighting! Thumbs up
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Jan 7, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
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I tip my hat to you.
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Jan 7, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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I'm glad I clicked to find out what it was. I thought at first it might be a close up of one of those Heliconias. Oh, I just Googled to make sure I spelled that correctly and it says they're related to bananas, so I guess I was on the right track after all! It also reminds me of shark teeth lined up like that. Thumbs up
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Jan 7, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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Super banner, Fleur. I was stumped when I saw it. Thumbs up
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Jan 7, 2016 7:53 PM CST

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The banner is fabulous but I think it might be Strelitzia or Heliconia, too.
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Jan 7, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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Not Bird of Paradise. Does look a but like a Heliconia parrot.

@Fleur569 - who identified it as Bananas? Plant label at the conservatory?
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Jan 7, 2016 10:12 PM CST
Zone 5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
@mellielong, @Dutchlady1, @DavidLMO - in trying to confirm my information, searched out Google and while your identification as a Heliconia parrot plant probably is correct, I also looked up banana tree bloom and found the photo below identifying this as a banana tree bloom. My original photo is also attached below, and as it was photographed amidst growing bananas I labeled it as such. I could have made a mistake, but will be happy to correct it, and thank for catching that important detail.
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My original photo:
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Jan 7, 2016 11:17 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
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There are some odd banana blooms, but my money is on Heliconia. They are cousin plants - so who cares. What is it? Pretty!
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Jan 8, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
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Very striking, Fleur! Hurray!
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Jan 8, 2016 1:51 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Made an eye-catching banner, for sure.
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Jan 8, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Name: Sean B
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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Extraordinary banner. It's got to be one of the very best ever for sure. It's wonderfully dramatic and almost prehistoric. I tip my hat to you.
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Jan 8, 2016 5:06 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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This banner had me stumped from the first second I saw it. Thumbs up
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