Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Purple Abyssinian Banana

(9 customer reviews)

The Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’, known as the ‘Ethiopian Banana’, is one of the most spectacular plants that can grow outside in the UK climate. As it grows the Ensete develops into an colossal fountain of paddle shaped foliage, veined with deep burgundy leaves erupting from a bulbous purple trunk.

The striking form and colour of this banana plant makes it perfect for use as a statement plant in tropical borders or large container displays.

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Origin: Africa
Genus: Ensete
Species / Cultivar: ventricosum 'Maurelii'
Common Name: Purple Abyssinian Banana
Synonym: Ensete maurelii, Musa ensete 'Rubra', Ensete 'Tandarra Red'

Plant Biography

In its native Ethiopia, the species ventricosum is an important food source. However, they are not grown for the banana-like fruit they produce, which is actually dry and inedible, but rather the ‘heart’ which is the edible tissue found around the growing point.

Enset, the edible part, is a staple food source for Ethiopia’s population to this day, providing for around 20% of the country’s population, yet is largely unknown outside of its narrow zone of cultivation.

Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Moderate
Some special care needed, which may include pruning or winter protection.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.

Expert Tip

If planting in a pot, make sure to choose one that is generously spacious as Ensete ventricosum grows rapidly and its roots can become surprisingly large, even for the large size of the plant.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ can grow vigorously, with the potential to make a new 2.5m leaf each week in the right conditions. Full sun, well drained soil and regular watering is a must for its good health, and feeding will further encourage vigorous growth.

They need to be kept entirely frost free in Winter. This is often achieved by lifting it from the border and keeping in a frost free shed or conservatory. For this reason we recommend keeping it in a pot, but where the weather is clear and there is no risk of frost, it can be planted out.

Just received our 2 Maurelii plants. Beautiful plants and well worth the wait. Thank you so much. We were kept fully informed of the unavoidable delays and they arrived this morning. Securely packed. Im absolutely thrilled with them. Now where to put them….

Carolyn P.

Just received our 2 Maurelii plants. Beautiful plants and well worth the wait. Thank you so much. We were kept fully informed of the unavoidable delays and they arrived this morning. Securely packed. Im absolutely thrilled with them. Now where to put them….

9 customer reviews for Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Just received our 2 Maurelii plants. Beautiful plants and well worth the wait. Thank you so much. We were kept fully informed of the unavoidable delays and they arrived this morning. Securely packed. Im absolutely thrilled with them. Now where to put them….

Carolyn P.

The Banana was well wrapped and larger than expected which was a nice surprise. Plant was in Fairly good condition. looking forward to seeing it grow. A Little disappointed in the time the plants took to come and the centre not taking any calls what so ever. Thanks again

David H.

I was delighted with the plant on arrival well packaged excellent service, when opened the plant was in fantastic condition im so happy.
I would recommend to anyone.

Robert C.

Lovely specimen; very established; excellent size; and well packaged for delivery (thank you!)

Andrew B.

Fantastic plant arrived safely would recommend

Karen R.

though service was a little bit of concern …I am new to ordering on line .. found out later that their contact lines where down .. ..But the plants stunning look really healthy ..well packaged ..would use again and recommend them to friends …thank you

sandra D.

Delivered excellently packed in perfect order. Thanks very much

Alan L.

We are delighted with the plant you recently sent.

would be pleased to order any future items we require in the future.

Tim

Love it! Great size and so healthy. Looks amazing in garden

Sue