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botanical name:
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Red Abysinian Banana, Ethiopian Banana
synonyms:  Ensete ventricosum 'Rubrum', Ensete ventricosum 'Atropurpureum'
family:  Musaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 2.00m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: red & green
flower colour: cream
fruit colour: yellow
stem/bark: brown & green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Relatively short growing with stocky thick and fleshy main stems. Huge green leaves flushed rich reddish maroon when young and as they age becoming edged with orangey red. Monocarpic and dies after flowering and bearing fruit, normally at about 8 years old. The cream flowers are surrounded by showy maroon bracts. Banana-like fruits follow, yellow with black spots and containing large black seeds.


cultivation:
Not frost hardy, in cool climate best grown under glass and moved outside during summer.
Needs moist but free draining, fertile soil in sun or bright part shade. Likes warmth and high humidity.
Can be container grown and restricted in size by cutting back the main stem.
Container grown plants should be watered regularly and fed with a balanced fertiliser.

propagation:
From seed or by division of suckers.

usage:
Tropical summer borders. Conservatory plant.
The fleshy stems and roots are edible.

other notes:
From East Africa

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