Banana leaf lovely

This is the second year I've been growing bananas, and the first year I've put one into the ground. I'm really impressed at how well the plant in the ground is doing, and I'll probably take a look at the plants as a whole in another post.


Right now though, I'm just going to enjoy the wonderful texture of the huge leaves as the early morning sunlight hits them.


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Incidentally, I'm not sure exactly what species or cultivar of banana this is. The tag had it listed as 'Siam ruby' but I don't know if that's accurate since there's only a hint of red on the edges of the leaves. 'Siam ruby' produces much more red in the leaves from what I can tell. Anyway, here's what I saw this morning:










I can't believe that I used to think that banana plants were ugly, mainly because the leaves get tattered and torn as they get older. Of course we haven't had any heavy storms lately, so I reserve the right to change my opinion later this summer after a hail storm or two.

They're certainly beautiful right now though!

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Lucy  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:12 AM)  

Indeed, they are very beautiful. In these photos you have even managed to make them look delicate!

Lucy

Lancashire rose  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM)  

St Louis, banana leaves, amazing. I never had anything quite so exotic when I lived there.

Gerhard Bock  – (July 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM)  

I love bananas. There are few plants that can rival the tropical look of a banana. Yours definitely isn't Siam Ruby, which has deep red leaves. Many bananas have a hint of red along the margins, so it's hard to say what yours is. But it doesn't really matter because I assume you will dig it up and store the pseudostem inside for the winter?

Anne McCormack  – (July 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM)  

Lovely photos! A neighbor has had a banana for many years that he brings inside for the winter. His is doing very well too this year, possibly because of the heat.

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (July 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM)  

Yep, the pseudostem will be stored in the garage for the winter. Along with the half-dozen "pups" it's produced so far. I love plants that multiply.

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