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Musa - Bananas

Focal points of containers and summer beddings, Musa (Banana) are fast-growing, suckering evergreen perennials with spectacular-looking, paddle-shaped leaves whose stalk-bases form a false stem (pseudostem). Yellow flowers with showy, red to purple bracts appear in summer, followed by fruits. Some banana species are incredibly hardy (Musa basjoo), others very ornamental with their pink bananas (Musa velutina) or long-lasting brilliant flowers (Musa coccinea). All are bold and attention-grabbing.

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Musa acuminata 'Zebrina' (Stripe-Leaved Banana)

Among the most ornamental bananas, Musa acuminata 'Zebrina' (Stripe-Leaved Banana) is a dwarf, suckering evergreen perennial boasting red-splashed, paddle-shaped leaves, 6-10 ft. long (180-300 cm).

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Musa acuminata (Banana)

Musa acuminata (Banana) is a large, fast-growing, suckering evergreen perennial boasting huge, paddle-shaped leaves, up to 6-10 ft. long (180-300 cm). Erect spikes of cream to yellow flowers adorned with showy bracts appear seasonally on mature plants (2-3 years old).

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Musa basjoo (Japanese Banana)

Incredibly architectural, award-winning Musa basjoo (Japanese Banana) is a fast-growing, suckering evergreen perennial boasting huge, arching, paddle-shaped leaves, up to 10 ft. long (3 m). Large cream to yellow flowers may appear in summer on mature plants.

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Musa coccinea (Scarlet Banana)

Musa coccinea (Scarlet Banana) is a small, evergreen, palm-like perennial boasting glossy, paddle-shaped, dark green leaves, 3 ft. long (90 cm), paler underneath. Erect spirals of tubular, yellow flowers enclosed in bright scarlet bracts appear in summer and last about 2 months.

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Musa ornata (Flowering Banana)

Adding an exotic splash to gardens and containers, award-winning Musa ornata (Flowering Banana) is a robust, suckering evergreen perennial boasting huge, paddle-shaped,  blue-green leaves, up to 6 ft. long (180 cm).

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Musa velutina (Pink Banana)

Cold-hardy, Musa velutina (Pink Banana) is a dwarf, suckering evergreen perennial boasting paddle-shaped, dark green leaves, 3 ft. long (90 cm). Arching spikes of cream to yellow flowers adorned with showy pink-red bracts appear in summer.

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Musa x paradisiaca (Edible Banana)

Musa x paradisiaca (Edible Banana) is a large, fast-growing, suckering evergreen perennial boasting huge, paddle-shaped, deep green leaves, up to 8 ft. long (240 cm). Drooping spikes of yellow flowers adorned with showy purple-red bracts appear seasonally on mature plants (2-3 years old).

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