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Yellow Lotus Banana

Musella lasiocarpa

Also known as

Golden Lotus Banana, Chinese Yellow Banana, Yellow Lotus Of The Earth Mother, Chinese Dwarf Banana, Chines dwarf banana

Golden Lotus Banana (Ensete lasiocarpum) 1 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A Ensete lasiocarpum banana plant with green leaves
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Yellow Lotus Banana Overview

Musella lasiocarpa is a dwarf banana plant that produces large grey-green leaves and attractive, upright, large, lotus-like, waxy yellow flowers that can last several months. The flowers are surrounded by showy, modified leaves known as bracts. Commonly known by the names Yellow Lotus Banana, Golden Lotus Banana, Chinese Yellow Banana and Chinese Dwarf Banana. This architectural plant provides interest either in containers within conservatories or can be planted outdoors in tropical garden designs. Plant outdoors in a frost-free area in rich, moist but well-drained soil, in sun or part shade. Plant deep, covering the clumping rootstock below ground. Protect from wind and over the winter. It is half-hardy and thus will not survive UK winters outdoors without adequate protection, plant with care.

Common problems with Yellow Lotus Banana

How to propagate Yellow Lotus Banana



Special features of Yellow Lotus Banana

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

If growing under glass, use a loam-based compost and situate in full or filtered sunlight.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Yellow Lotus Banana

Grown for their dazzling flowers and tropical impact. The flowers can lust up to 6 months.