Hardy Plantabase

Hardy Tropicals Hardy Plantabase.

Plantabase... Plant Hardy Database!

Our 'Plantabase' or Plant Database is meant to provide our visitors details about the various hardy tropicals we've personally had experience with. 'Plantabase' is organized by 21 searchable hardy plant categories and has 55 total entries to date. Plantabase is searchable by keywords, common category, family, genus, species, etc.

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Musa Bordelon Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana

May 06, 2010 | 7604 Views | 0 Comments

Musa Bordelon Banana Musa Bordelon was first discovered in the Louisiana town of Bordelonville. This cultivar slightly resembles Musa acuminate Zebrine, aka the 'Blood Banana.' Large ornamental foliage has maroon splotches on the upper surface and even more maroon on the underside. Musa Bordelon also grows taller so it has more impact than the Blood Banana. Readily produces flowers and makes seeded and inedible fruit. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Bordelon


Dwarf Namwah Banana, Pisang Awak (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 7342 Views | 0 Comments

Dwarf Namwah Banana, Pisang Awak Dwarf Namwah, aka pisang awak and other names through out the world, is a group of lady finger bananas that produce large sized bunches of sweet delicious fruit; prized in the Indonesian areas as well as the U.S. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Dwarf Namwah


Pisang Ceylon Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 7679 Views | 0 Comments

Pisang Ceylon Banana Pisang Ceylon is a very fast and tall growing banana that many refer to as an improved 'Mysore'. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Pisang Ceylon


Saba Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 9167 Views | 0 Comments

Saba Banana Musa Saba originally comes from the Philippines where it is commonly cooked and eaten as a staple. The plant is very large and sturdy; perhaps one of the largest bananas we've ever seen (note John standing next to one in the photos). It can grow up to 25 feet and is very tolerant to cold and resistant to wind. The trunk can be as thick as 18 inches. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Saba


Praying Hands Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 9474 Views | 0 Comments

Praying Hands Banana Musa Praying Hands produces perhaps the most unusual and distinctive of all banana fruits. Two adjacent hands of bananas are fused, giving the appearance of praying hands. This is not just a collector's item, the fruits are delicious when ripe, containing a hint of vanilla flavor. When totally ripe, individual bananas can be carefully separated from each other. An excellent all-around plant with some wind resistance. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Praying Hands


Musa Orinoco Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 6871 Views | 0 Comments

Musa Orinoco Banana Musa Orinoco is the most commonly grown banana in South Florida. Musa Orinoco is a solid green banana that grows to about 16 feet. If it is crowded it can achieve 20 feet. The fruit is about 8 to 10 inches long and of an angular form. It is quite thick, up to two inches, and tapered at the tip. There is very little curvature to the fruit. The fruit can ripen on the plant without splitting. When ripe the fruit is very delicious. The fruit is often cooked when green either fried or sometimes boiled. Musa Orinoco is a hardy plant and withstands cold temperatures well. It stands up to wind well but must be supported when carrying large heads of fruit. Their fruit is sometimes called "donkey bananas". ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Orinoco


Dwarf Orinoco Banana (Musa )

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 7431 Views | 0 Comments

Dwarf Orinoco Banana Musa 'Dwarf Orinoco' is a small vigorous banana plant that is solid green and has a thick stem. It is a heavy bearer of thick skinned fruit of very good eating quality. There is very little curvature to the fruit and the fruit can ripen on the plant without splitting. The plant is hardy and withstands cold temperatures and wind, but must be supported when carrying large heads of fruit. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: None Identified
Cultivar: Dwarf Orinoco


Blue Java, 'Ice Cream' Banana (Musa Acuminata)

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 13188 Views | 0 Comments

Blue Java, ‘Ice Cream’ Banana Musa 'Ice Cream,' or Blue Java as some call it, is a very beautiful, cold tolerant banana plant that's hardy to zone 8. It fruit is said to have both the texture and flavor similar to vanilla ice cream. This banana tree has beautiful large leaves and produces medium bunches of silvery blue bananas that are very delicious fresh or cooked. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: Acuminata
Cultivar: Ice Cream


Ele Paio, Milky Way (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 7093 Views | 0 Comments

Ele Paio, Milky Way Colocasia Ele Paio or 'Milky Way' is a spectacular rare elephant ear that originally was available only to Hawaiian Royalty. The 3’ tall leaves are heavily spotted with paint-like white flecks; some leave are even entirely white on one side. The markings are random and no two leaves are quite the same.

'Milky Way' is a dramatic landscape plant for a bright spot in the garden that doesn’t receive direct sunlight. Direct sun can burn the white parts of the leaves. This plant thrives in rich, organic, moist soil. It is a fast growing plant. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Elepaio


Imperial Taro, Black Beauty (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 7629 Views | 0 Comments

Imperial Taro, Black Beauty Rising to about 36 inches, Colocasia "Black Beauty's" dark black leaves make it a very impressive centerpiece in a mixed container. Patios, landscapes, containers & ponds all around the world are just waiting to have this specimen. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Black Beauty

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