Common Name: Japanese banana
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Sandy
Time to divide plants: March to April
Flowering period: July to August
This Japanese banana has striking foliage - large bright green leaves, arching up from a main stem. It brings a tropical atmosphere to any garden, and in ideal conditions, fruit may be produced although not in the UK. The flowers are creamy yellow with large brown bracts and are arranged on a pendant spike. Behind the flowers the small inedible bananas form. It is a tender perennial and should be moved to a frost-free area during winter and planted out when all chance of frost has past, or be wrapped in horticultural fleece in milder areas.
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