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PlantFiles: Variegated Dwarf Banana
Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Namwah Pearl'

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: acuminata (ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Namwah Pearl

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BobGoblin On May 4, 2009, BobGoblin from Vinton, LA wrote:

My photo doesn't do justice to the new leaf--it has a creamy white coloration on the new leaves that darkens to green as the next leaf emerges. As with all bananas, you'll do best with these by keeping the rhizome above ground level (you'll note that I make mounds for planting my bananas--I use topsoil, manure, and peat moss in these mounds).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vinton, Louisiana
Madison, North Carolina

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