|Common name:||Japanese Banana||Family:||Musaceae|
|Author:||Siebold.&Zucc.||Botanical references:||11, 200|
|Synonyms:||Musa japonica (Thiéb.&Ketel.)|
|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Range:||E. Asia – Japan.|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||2||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||2|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Zingiberales. Banana family|
|Other Range Info:||From the Ethnobotany Database|
An evergreen perennial growing to 3m by 2m . It is hardy to zone 8. It is in leaf all year. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant). We rate it 2/5 for edibility and 2/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Woodland, Cultivated Beds, Sunny Edge, By Walls, By South Wall, By West Wall.
The nectar of the flowers is sweet and drinkable
Diuretic; Febrifuge; Sialagogue.
The roots are diuretic, febrifuge and sialagogue
A fibre is obtained from the leaf stems
Requires a rich soil and a sunny sheltered position
Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse