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Blood Banana

Musa acuminata 'Zebrina'

Pronunciation: MEW-sa ze-BRI-na
SKU #06194

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Description Exotic and lush, with spectacular blue-green leaves mottled with a deep blood red. Large, heavy clusters of yellow flowers with red-purple bracts in the summer, that may bear small, sweet bananas. Good in containers; useful near pools. A frost-tender evergreen for tropical landscapes and patios.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Quickly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs, Edible, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Clumping
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Container, Poolside
Design Ideas This Banana can turn a neglected backyard corner into a lush jungle of stems and leaves. Clumping Banana such as this are very effective fillers and background plants. Perfect for Asian gardens and those with a tropical flair. Equally at home around swimming pools and water gardens. Grows well in pots on porch or patio, to flank sculpture, fountains or specialty furniture. Plant with a bold hand knowing it won't overwhelm like the larger Banana.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Variegated
Companion Plants Crossvine (Bignonia); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Plumbago (Plumbago); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Fatsia (Fatsia)
Care Prefers humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Benefits from some protection from harsh afternoon sun in hot southern regions. Shelter from strong winds to keep leaves from tearing. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply fertilizer when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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