Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' is a dramatic hardy banana with great burgundy stripes and a burgundy flush below.
Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' is a beautiful selection of hardy banana with much more burgundy than the species with burgundy stripes on top of the leaves and a burgundy flush underneath. Some claim this species is hardier than Musa basjoo but I’ve found the opposite. Even well-wrapped the stems of my plant have died to the ground every winter since about 2001. Still, with good mulching it has been ground hardy like a herbaceous perennial and returns to a height of eight feet every season with its gorgeous leaves. Well worth it. Syn. M. hookeri.
Common Name: Hardy Banana
Family: Musaceae (The Banana Family)
Zone Hardiness: 8-10
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Green
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Moist, Average
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Montane forests up to 2000 m.
Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan
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