A picture of a False Banana

False Banana

Ensete spp.

Ensete superbum 2 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

4m

2m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of False Banana

False Banana Overview

Contains around 8 evergreen perennials, including the false banana - Ensete ventricosum. This genus is one of only two in the Musaceae family that superficially resemble banana plants. It is the closest relative of the genus Musa, which contains true bananas and plantains. Mainly grown for the foliage which comprises large paddle-shaped leaves which are produced from a pseudostem composed of old leaf bases. The impressive flowers are hanging and cup-shaped, with large modified leaves (bracts) around them. These become fruits, which are banana-like in appearance only - tasting dry and unappetising.

Common problems with False Banana

How to propagate False Banana

Seed

Germination erratic

Division

Division year-round.

Special features of False Banana

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of False Banana

Grown for their foliage (which resembles that of bananas) and fruits.