A close relative of the true fruiting bananas this plant is native to the Yunnan province in China, where it grows high in the mountains up to an altitude of 2500 m. It is known for its erect, yellow pseudostems generally appearing during the second year of cultivation, that can last a few months. Just before opening, the yellow, flower-like pseudostem resembles a lotus bloom. It does not produce edible bananas.
Reaching a height of around 1 to 1.5 meters in height it is low growing by banana standards and the large paddle shaped leaves have a spread of around 2 meters. Proving to be reliably root hardy in UK zone 9 gardens but plants grown in pots rather than the ground should be kept in a frost free conservatory or greenhouse for the winter. If the roots freeze it will die. Send up pups regularly soon creating good sized clumps. Plant in a moist but well drained, humus rich soil in part shade to full sun. Pick a sheltered spot such as beneath evergreen trees or near a house wall.
Addition phoptos By Jonathan Cardy - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7272323, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=134812.
Sent as a young plant in a 9cm pot.