Edible fruit, Perennials
For information on fruiting types, see Banana. The ornamental bananas described here include tree-size, medium-size, and dwarf plants. All are fast growing; all have soft, thickish stems and spread by suckers or underground roots to form clumps that are often as wide as or wider than the plant is tall.
Spectacular-looking long, typically broad leaves are easily tattered by strong winds, so choose protected planting sites. Will usually regrow from roots if cut down by frost; in frost-prone areas, locate plants where their absence won’t be conspicuous. Attractive near swimming pools. Can be grown in tubs and wintered indoors (cut tops off tall plants). Give rich soil; feed heavily.Musa velutina
From India. To 5–7 ft. tall, with 3-ft.-long leaves that are green above, bronzy beneath. Upright pink bracts, orange flowers, and small, velvety pink bananas that are inedible but highly decorative.
From India. To 5–7 ft. tall, with 3-ft.-long leaves that are green above, bronzy beneath. Uprigh...
Flowers and long, thin leaves combine to make filmy brown and green clusters on slender stems about 1 ...
Bold, striking plant from Africa, Asia. Grown as an annual in all zones. Can provide tall screen or le...