Musa ornata ‘Royal Purple’ or Flowering Banana is a variety of Musa ornata with a gorgeous purple inflorescence and pink to purple non-edible fruit.
Growth is rapid, up to 2 m, and flowering lasts all season.
Hardiness has not been defined exactly, it is assumed that it will not tolerate frost and should be treated as greenhouse plant.
Musa ornata ‘Royal Purple’ grows to up to 2 m high. It forms suckers.
Leaves are green with pink tinge, leathery and wind resistant.
The inflorescence has purple bracts. Bloom lasts several months.
The fruit is pink to purple and contains numerous small seeds making it inedible.
Flowering and fruiting may occur after only one growing season.
Flowering banana, ornamental banana
Musa mexicana, Musa ornata-rosea, Musa rubra, Musa speciosa, Musa troglodytarum var. rubrifolia
Musa: from the Greek mousa (muse)
Ornata: from the Latin ornatus (ornamental)
USDA Zone 8-11
Water frequently, keep the soil moist
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
- Musa ornata ‘Royal Purple’: Own work