Musa ornata 'Royal Purple'

Musa ornata ‘Royal Purple’

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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Flowering banana, ornamental banana

Synonyms:

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

Etymology:

Musa: from the Greek mousa (muse)
Ornata: from the Latin ornatus (ornamental)

Origin:

South-east Asia

Usage:

Only ornamental



Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8-11

Care:

Soil:

Rich, humid

Exposure:

Sun, light

Water:

Water frequently, keep the soil moist

Fertilizer:

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

Image sources

  • Musa ornata ‘Royal Purple’: Own work

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