Ensete ventricosum Maurelii
Red abyssinian Banana

Height: Tall

Ensete ventricosum maurelii can produce huge leaves in time; the unusual leaf colour is green suffused with maroon, with blood red stems, making a wonderful foil for other planting. Not a true banana, but closely related with large paddle-shaped leaves, Ensete enjoys full sun and benefits from a sheltered situation so that the leaves do not become shredded by wind. It is a hungry feeder and requires a rich compost and frequent feeding. An excellent plant for growing in a large container which can be moved into a conservatory or greenhouse in winter. It must not be allowed to dry out at the root. Protect from frost in winter if left out in the garden. This banana plant has inedible fruits, but the roots and flower stalks are edible after cooking and used as a source of food in some African countries.