This tropical, perennial ornamental banana has large, variegated burgundy and green, paddle-shaped leaves on red stems. It will grow to about 6′-8′ although smaller if container grown. Produces yellow flowers and small, seeded bananas, that while edible and not that enjoyable.
Pronunciation: MEW-suh soo-MAH-truh-nuh
Species Meaning: Of or from Sumatra
Musa sumatrana is native to Sumatra.
Wants full sun but may need protection from hot sun. Li likes a moist soil but well-drained soil.
There has been conflict about the name of this plant, but usually known as either Musa sumatrana ‘Zebrina’ or Musa acuminata ssp zebrina. It is also sometimes listed as being cultivar Rojo.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21124
Found in Garden of the Giants,
In the tropical section of the Giants.
We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens - grown by Little Prince.