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Pink Banana Musa velutina

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
MEW-suh vel-oo-TEE-nuh
Description

Pink Banana is a tropical perennial in the banana family that is generally grown as an ornamental. It is hardy to zone 7b and will die to the ground with the cold but reappear in spring. In late summer the creamy flowers with pink bracts are quickly followed by pink fruit that is sweet and edible but full of hard black seeds.

It prefers humusy moist well-drained soils in full sunn. You can use it as a specimen or container plant. In colder regions, it will need to be brought indoors or to a greenhouse.

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#full sun tolerant#edible plant#specimen#pink flowers#showy fruits#pink fruits#blue-green leaves#edible fruits#HS302#tropical feel#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#edible plant#specimen#pink flowers#showy fruits#pink fruits#blue-green leaves#edible fruits#HS302#tropical feel#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Musa
    Species:
    velutina
    Family:
    Musaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Assam and the eastern Himalayas
    Edibility:
    Fruits have soft, sweet flesh that can be eaten but the numerous seeds are very hard.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Pink
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are 3 inches long, pink, and fuzzy. They peel back when ripe and are sweet and edible but have many seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    Cream to yellow flowers with pink bracts in late summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Paddle-shaped dark green 3-foot leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The leaf sheaths overlap to form a truck-like pseudo-stem that lives through fruit production. New shoots appear to form new pseudo-stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Design Feature:
    Specimen