Musa ornata

Musa ornata
Jardin des serres d’Auteuil

Musa ornata or Flowering Banana is a small ornamental banana with a striking pink inflorescence. Flowering lasts all season.

Growth is fast and flowering and fruition may occur in 1 growing season.

Hardiness has not been defined exactly but at least USDA zone 8.

Description:

Musa ornata grows up to 1,5-3 m height. Produces suckers.

Leaves are green with a pink tinge, up to 1,8 m long and 36 cm wide. They are strong and wind resistant.

The small, pink flowers grow in an inflorescence with pink bracts. Flowering last a few months.

The fruit is small and contains numerous seeds, making it inedible.

Flowering and fruition may take place after 1 growing season.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Flowering banana, Ornamental banana

Synonyms:

Musa mexicana, Musa ornata-rosea, Musa rubra, Musa speciosa, Musa troglodytarum var. rubrifolia

Etymology:

Musa: derived from the Greek mousa (muse)
Ornata: from the Latin ornatus (decorated, adorned)

Origin:

South-east Asia

Usage:

Only ornamental

Hardiness:

USDA zone 8-11
The plant dies at 0 °C, the corm resists at least up to USDA zone 8

Musa ornata

Musa ornata
Jardin des serres d’Auteuil

Care:

Soil:

Rich, humid

Light:

Sun, light

Water:

Keep moist

Fertilizer:

Fertilize weekly during growing season, monthly during winter

Propagation:

Seed, suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • soak in lukewarm water for 24h
  • sow in light moist mix
  • 25 °C
  • germination: 7 days to 6 months

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