Banana

Musa sikkimensis 'Red Tiger'

Banana - Musa sikkimensis  'Red Tiger'

Common Name: Banana
Genus: Musa
Species: sikkimensis
Cultivar: 'Red Tiger'

Category: Non Hardy Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant, Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

From the monsoonal mountain forests in extreme Eastern India this colourful variegated variety of banana is as cold-tolerant as the regular Musa sikkimensis. When they are mature, its huge paddle-like leaves are streaked with dark purple zebra stripes on the upper surface and a reddish purple below. In summer, mature plants bear long-lasting yellow flowers.

  • Garden care: Though the root is fairly hardy the foliage does need to be protected with a mulch of fleece and straw in autumn.


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