Musa x paradisiaca or Plantain Banana is derived from a cross between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The selections and crosses with other species generated various cultivars.
Musa x paradisiaca provides the plantain banana, which is less sweet than the classic dessert banana and is consumed boiled or fried as a vegetable.
The leaves are long and narrow, green.
Musa ornata var. normalis
Cross between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana
USDA zone 10, 0 °C (32 °F)
Each plantain foot blooms only once. The inflorescence is large and pendulous.
Rich and moist
- water abundantly during growing season
- fertilize frequently during growing season
- should be returned to the shelter from freezing in winter