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Musella lasiocarpa

Banana

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

A weird and wonderful Chinese native, it's grown for its large, sturdy, paddle-like, grey-green leaves and incredibly large, star-shaped, yellow flower. Grow outside over summer, where a sheltered, sunny position is vital or the leaves might get ruined by winds. Water regularly and give it a monthly feed, but keep just moist in winter when it needs to be moved into a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory. For more plants, or just a new smaller one when the parent gets too big, detach a sucker and plant up.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Musella

Species: lasiocarpa

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to divide plants: May to May


Reader reviews

Elaine Gregory

I have a Musella Lasiocarpa and I leave it out all year round & it is doing fine.


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