Wow! A rare and little known large banana species, new to cultivation,
that sports a massive pseudo-trunk to 4,5m (14ft) tall and 45cm (18in.)
in diam., tinged with red, and purple new leaves and leaf-midribs. A percentage
of plants even exhibits beautifully dark red mottled leaves. The Darjeeling
Banana is very hardy to cold (i.e. in the sense of Musa basjoo) coming,
as it does, from montane forests up to 2000m (6000ft) in the Himalayas
of NE-India. First trials outdoors in the US, Britain, Germany and Switzerland
have shown an excellent resistance to cold and frost. Like all bananas,
it is extremely fast growing, given rich soil and an abundance of water.
The fruits have a sweetish pulp but are hard and contain a few large seeds.
An absolute novelty that shows great promise as an ornamental for the
temperate as well as the cooler tropical garden. We think this plant that
has more potential than any other cold tolerant Musa in cultivation at