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Old 08-25-2006, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Musa 'Royal Purple' is flowering

I got this as a pup from a friend at a Southeast Palm Society meeting this Spring. It is supposedly a very hardy banana also, returning before musa basjoo in zone 8b/9a, and also in zone 8a. It came back strong after a 9F low in New Bern, N.C. a couple of winters ago. Hopefully it will turn out to be another zone 7 hardy banana.

The bloom is a little more on the pinkish side than what I would call royal purple, but still very nice nonetheless!



And a shot of the whole plant.

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Old 08-26-2006, 12:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice pic. I'm glad to hear it survived 9 degrees and returned. I'll be interested to hear how it does for you in TN. Keep us posted.

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Very nice, congrats!
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Old 08-26-2006, 12:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Egads but does that look so neat and manicured! My property is a big lot of weeds and brush - I covet! Very nice looking and organized! Happy nanners too... Very inspirational - thanks for posting pics of your plantings!

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Thanks, guys.

Mike, I'm glad I didn't take any closeup pics of the lawn! It would reveal an unmowed lawn full of weeds and crabgrass! Thank you though. I haven't had any time or inclination to take care of the grass, besides mowing, this year. I suppose I'll start doing that this Fall and into next year. The crabgrass has taken over!
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Hey "BigDog"... Beautiful Plant and Bloom!! Great Job!!!


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Thanks, Frank! Here's a shot of the bloom today, revealing the first hand of bananas.

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