Chinese Yellow Banana, Golden Lotus Banana

Musella lasiocarpa

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 29, 2017, BJames1 from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Odd experience with golden lotus banana. My plant was purchased as a pot-bursting, very healthy one gallon. Several years later it still struggles to survive the winter in zone 8a in coastal North Carolina. My experience is not unique. Plants at two public gardens about an hour away were also heavily damaged and large portions killed when winter lows dipped below 10F. Golden lotus banana is a beautiful monocot! But I don't understand why mine and other local plantings struggle through winter lows where others report complete cold hardiness to at least 5F.


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

Syn: Ensete lasiocarpa


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.


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.


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.


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 ... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.