Musa nagensium

Source: Prashanthns

Musa nagensium

Musa nagensium is a beautiful, slender banana with a striking dark purple-red to almost black pseudostem.

Musa nagensium is a gorgeous banana plant with slender, almost black pseudo trunk.

It is frequently listed as hardy to USDA zone 7 but it does not tolerate frost and can only survive without winter protection up to USDA Zone 9.


The abaxial surface of the leaf has a dark red midrib and the lamina is so waxy that is nearly white.

The pseudo-stem may exceed 6 m high. Produces suckers. The leaf is up to 3 m long and blue-gray. The leaves are quite far from each other compared to other bananas from the Eumusa group, further adding to the slender appearance of the plant .

Inflorescence is pendulous. The bracts are oblong and lanceolate, the lower are 20-25 cm long and 10 cm wide, the top ones are 15-18 cm long, almost 8 cm wide, red outside, bright orange on the inside. Each with 18 to 20 flowers in two rows. The perianth is orange, 6 cm long, 1.3 cm wide, four-lobed, free petal ovate-lanceolate, more than 2.5 cm long, pointed.

The fruits are 13-15 cm long, petiolate, not recurved. The seeds are very big: nearly 1.3 cm long and 1 cm wide.


Northeast India


Mountainous forests


USDA zone 9-11



Rich and well drained




Water daily and abundantly during summer


Fertilize regularly during growing season: every 1-2 weeks, is a very fast grower


Seed, suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 3 days in lukewarm water
  • sow in a moist mix
  • put the pot in a plastic bag or container to keep humidity
  • 25-30 °C
  • germination time: 1 month to a few months