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Musella lasiocarpa

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musella (mew-SEL-uh) (Info)
Species: lasiocarpa (las-ee-oh-KAR-puh) (Info)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

34 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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9 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LazLo On Dec 21, 2013, LazLo from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Syn: Ensete lasiocarpa

Positive Centaurea On May 15, 2013, Centaurea from Almere
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Comes back in my zone 6b/7a completely unprotected on a south-facing hillside, but main plants are often dead and rotted enough that the pups take over for the next growing season. Haven't seen a bloom on my 3 year old planting, but beautiful and interesting without blooms anyway. Moving against a south-facing retaining wall and protecting this coming winter (2013), hoping for blooms next year.

Positive lseddins On Aug 7, 2012, lseddins from Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

My musella sits among true banana trees, all set out in 2011, on the south side of my home in Sandy Springs, GA. I have posted pictures showing the new growth coming out in March, its fullness in April, and its first flower. I did not notice when the flower began to appear, but it was fully formed before the end of June.

Positive bungo On Jun 13, 2011, bungo from Glasgow
United Kingdom wrote:

I bought two of these this spring, trying them, for the first time and have them in 30cm (12 inch?) pots in the greenhouse. I thought they were entirely tropical so would need cosseting here in Scotland, but reading the various comments I now have decided to take them outdoors, at least for the summer.

I'm now thinking the pots are much too small - what do you think would be the ideal size for potting on right now? The plants are only about 30cm high, but very healthy.

Positive sladeofsky On Apr 23, 2007, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I can't believe it! I failed to protect my musella (except for being planted near a south-facing wall). After a bizarre winter where temperatures soared and plunged between the 70's into the teens seveal times, settled into single digit lows for nearly two weeks then to be follwed with a March in the High 80's and 3 hard record breaking freezes in April.... My Musella is still there and growing. Obviously much hardier than some would expect. This is in heavy clay as well which is usually the death of marginally hardy plants.
Update 2014:
Still going strong. After a very long Winter with more days at or below zero (F) that I can remember and the ground having been frozen solid for months (unheard of here), I expected to lose this one. But, about six strong shoots are now emerging. For me, it is reasonably easy to grow in zone 6 (at least). However, you will lose the main plant in cold winters if unprotected, but the pups will grow quickly to replace it. I have only had it flower once, though.

Neutral SW_gardener On Feb 4, 2007, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

According to my information, this plant is hardy to atleast zone 6 if well mulched.

Positive Patrix On Oct 21, 2006, Patrix from Jonesboro, GA wrote:

I have had two of the which were initially individual stalks, they now fill 2 30 inch pots with about 15-20 healthy growths. Mine have never bloomed and I grow them in full sun near the pool. They look great. I saw some blooming at the Biltmore which is about 50 miles north of atlanta at least. But I did not recall whether they were in pots of in the ground. I am thinking about experimenting by ,leaving one out this winter-if it dies I can always break up the other one.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On May 10, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

The image of this plant's blossom is often used in Buddhist temple ornamentation. For that reason, and my own spiritual predilections and the plant's exotic, innate beauty, it was a "must have" plant for me upon first viewing a photo of it. I found two sellers offering the plants on eBay and I bought one plant from each for about $5. One of the plants arrived frozen prior to shipment (bad buying experience!) with the leaves totally black from freeze damage, but it has recovered and is now leafing out nicely. The other plant was in good health when received and is growing quickly in full sun in my garden. I look forward to seeing them bloom when they mature.

Positive hardyinokc On Feb 23, 2005, hardyinokc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I have grown this plant in my garden for 4 years; it has bloomed once. The bloom was exquisite and lasted ALL summer. I mulch it in with about a foot of straw before the first hard freeze of the winter. The foliage seems to take a few degrees below 0 with minimal edge burn. Any exposed foliage turns to mush at the first hard freeze. After it's first winter in my garden, I thought it had developed rot; so I dug it up and threw it in the trash; a few days later, I noticed it was actually starting to grow and re-planted it. Seems to be a VERY tough plant. Have yet to figure out how to successfully divide the extremely large clump it has become.

Positive palmbob On Apr 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is another incredibly cold hardy banana species... brand new to the nursery scene only 5-6 years ago but now you can get one anywhere... it is a great dwarf species with a unique thistle-like yellow flower that can last for many months before dying (then the plant dies... but usually has many suckers by then). Great specimen plant for smaller gardens.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Berkeley, California
Fresno, California
Lakewood, California
Martinez, California
Palm Springs, California
Reseda, California
San Francisco, California
Tulare, California
Upland, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Fruitland Park, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Venice, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Lavonia, Georgia
Winder, Georgia
Ida Grove, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Abingdon, Maryland
Centreville, Maryland
Easton, Maryland
Mansfield, Massachusetts
Beaufort, North Carolina
Clemmons, North Carolina
Huntersville, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Oxford, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Perrysburg, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Sumter, South Carolina
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Seattle, Washington (3 reports)
Shoreline, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Falling Waters, West Virginia

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