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.
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.
Flowering banana, Ornamental banana
Musa mexicana, Musa ornata-rosea, Musa rubra, Musa speciosa, Musa troglodytarum var. rubrifolia
Musa: derived from the Greek mousa (muse)
Ornata: from the Latin ornatus (decorated, adorned)
USDA zone 8-11
The plant dies at 0 °C, the corm resists at least up to USDA zone 8
Fertilize weekly during growing season, monthly during winter
- soak in lukewarm water for 24h
- sow in light moist mix
- 25 °C
- germination: 7 days to 6 months