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Red Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’)


Red Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’)

By H. Zell – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Botanical Name: Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Common Name (s): Red Abyssinian Banana

Family: Musaceae

Type: Perennial (Ornamental/Tropical), non-edible

Bloom / Flower: Summer

Colors: White flowers amidst burgundy/red, broad leaves

Sun Exposure: Full sun (partial shade in late afternoon)

Plant Hardiness Zones: 8-11 (in ground) 4-11 (patio/indoors)

Plant Height and Spacing: 20 to 30 feet / 6 to 12 feet (in ground), 8 to 10 feet / 6 to 8 feet (in containers)

Planting Requirements: Prefers moist but well-draining soil. The plants cannot tolerate over watering.

Special Note (s): Abyssinian banana make a perfect focal plant to many gardens and patio areas. They will however need some protection from high winds. If planted in ground, they can’t be relocated indoors (they do not tolerate being transplanted after being established. For this reason, container planting is recommended if the plant will be moved indoors during cooler months.

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