Originally Posted by Gabe15
ID'ing plants is 50% context and 50% actually looking at it. This plant was a random unknown banana sold at a Lowe's store (presumably in the US), that alone narrows it down to about 5 or less likely candidates, of which M. basjoo is one. And then actually looking at the plant, it's pretty much all green (no standout red or black markings or otherwise), and you can see prominent winged petioles that curl out along the pseudostem. That pretty much rules out any of the other common suspects you may also find at a store like Lowes. Those physical traits could potentially match some other cultivars and wild species, but none of them would be sold at a hardware store as a random unknown plant in the US.
Yep, I'm in the US. Extreme northwest corner of Pennsylvania about a mile from or two from Lake Erie, if we want to be exact.
I was really surprised to find ANY kind of banana here, and I wasn't even aware that there were cold-hardy plants that could work out with a little work and planning to keep them going, which is a big part of why I thought there was a chance it may not even be a banana I was looking at.