This is no April Fool's Day joke! This plant is not a true banana but a relative of the banana. The erect yellow flowers looks like a golden lotus which is a sacred flower in Buddhism. Sometimes, it is marketed as an auspicious Chinese New Year plant. The foliage is grey-green in colour. The plant is only about 3-4 ft tall.
In its native place, it grows high in the mountains up to 2,500 m (abut 8,000 ft) above sea level. For more information, visit San Marcos Growers and Wikipedia.
The flowers can last a few months.
“Musella lasiocarpa - A Chinese Banana That Looks Like a Lotus”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on April 1st, 2011.
The foliage is grey-green. In the picture above, the burgundy wine coloured foliage belongs to another species. I photographed this specimen at Floria 2010.
This is my entry for Fertilizer Friday this week, grateful thanks to Tootsie for hosting it here.