Chinese Yellow Banana

Musella lasiocarpa

Perfect for tropical style gardens in cooler climates. The spectacular yellow, waxy flower remains for six months. Many stems form a clump that serves as a focal point or background plant. Protect from wind that can tear and dry out the large leaves.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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LoreIn its homeland, the name for this banana translates to "yellow lotus emerging from earth". It is believed to now be extinct in the wild and survives only through commercial cultivation in China or as an ornamental.
Average Size at MaturityFast growth to 5 feet tall and mature clumps can spread to 15 feet in diameter
Bloom TimeSpring, on two-year-old stems
Design IdeasA big bold herbaceous banana that gives the tropical look to anywhere it grows. Create a focal point in tropical style yards or around the pool where lush greenery mitigates glare. Tall narrow shape is excellent in sideyards to screen off the neighbors. A perfect fast growing vertical to interrupt a long fence line. Plant a hedge of them to screen off unsightly views quickly or to create privacy barriers for intimate outdoor living spaces or to block out second story neighbor views.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureClump Forming
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsThis tropical beauty belongs with other lush growers such as Crimson Jewel Mandevilla, (Mandevilla x amabilis 'Magic Dream'), Flamenco Flame Hibiscus, (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'MonHope'), Gold Stripe Flax Lily, (Dianella tasmanica 'Yellow Stripe') and Surprise Bouquet Combo Bougainvillea, (Bougainvillea 'Mary Palmer's Enchantment and Moneth').

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-11

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