Chinese yellow banana, Musa lasiocarpa

Musa lasiocarpa

Chinese dwarf banana

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Musa lasiocarpa
  • Common name: Chinese dwarf banana
  • Family: Musaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Chinese dwarf banana or golden lotus banana, Musa lasiocarpa, is native to the mountains of China, at altitudes of around 2500m. Sufficiently hardy to be grown outside in the British Isles, it bears a large rosette of yellow bracts, which looks similar to a lotus (hence one of its common names). Tiny flowers grow in between the bracts. Its leaves have a slight glaucous sheen to them and are more resistant to wind than other bananas in the Musa genus. It’s ideal for growing in a tropical style garden.

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Grow Musa lasiocarpa in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Protect with fleece and add a thick mulch to cover the roots over winter.

How to grow Musa lasiocarpa

  • Plant size

    2m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Half hardy, hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Musa lasiocarpa and wildlife

Musa lasiocarpa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Musa lasiocarpa poisonous?

Musa lasiocarpa 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

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