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Blood Banana

Musa acuminata 'Zebrina'

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.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical PronunciationMEW-sa ze-BRI-na
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Poolside, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Edible, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCrossvine (Bignonia); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Plumbago (Plumbago); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Fatsia (Fatsia)

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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