Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Abyssinian banana

  • Botanical name: Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'
  • Common name: Abyssinian banana
  • Family: Musaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
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Despite its sensitive, tender nature, the Abyssinian Banana, Ensete ventricosum, is becoming increasingly popular as a summer bedding plant in Britain. It’s well suited to growing in tropical garden schemes, bearing giant, jungle-like paddles of rich red and green leaves from its thick, leafy trunk.


Ensete ventricosum is extremely fast growing, and will quickly grow into a space, as the focal point of the display. For best results, grow in a warm sunny, sheltered spot, away from strong winds, which can damage the leaves and make them look unsightly. Water regularly and feed with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser once a fortnight.


In autumn, cut the plants down and either dig them up and transfer them into pots, which you can move indoors until late spring. In southern regions, it may be possible to wrap the plants with a thick later of horticultural fleece and mulch around the roots with well-rotted manure or compost. However you overwinter them, Ensete ventricosum plants should regrow quickly from late-spring onwards.

How to grow Ensete 'Maurelii'

  • Plant size

    2m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

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Ensete 'Maurelii' and wildlife

Ensete 'Maurelii' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ensete 'Maurelii' poisonous?

Ensete 'Maurelii' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Ensete 'Maurelii'