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Ensete ventricosum

Family: Musaceae (Banana family)

Common names: African Wild Banana (E); Afrika-wildepiesang (A); Matella (SS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Palm/Cycad, Tree

Ensete ventricosum

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

6m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Ensete ventricosum

DESCRIPTION

A stout tree, fleshy stem crowned with banana-like leaves which have a prominent central red vein on their undersides. Cream flowers are enclosed in maroon bracts, making a showy bunch up to 1.5m long. The fruits look like bananas but contain masses of hard black seeds resembling dried peas.

LANDSCAPING USES
A magnificent focal plant for a tropical garden. The foliage will be destroyed in areas of severe frost but the plant will recover rapidly in spring.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Rockery, Tropical, Water
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK

2 Responses

  1. Hi

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Although this is a member of the banana family, I don’t have any knowledge of the edible nature of this species.
    It’s always best to consult with a number of reputable sources before trying to consume it.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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