Latin Name: Musa spp.
Other Names:Ornamental banana (Ensete spp.). Also see finger bananas and plantains
Type: Herb (World's largest!)
Native to: Indo-Malaysian - Australia.
Fruit: The standard cultivar sold in the United States is the 'Cavendish'. Bananas may range from 2.5" (finger bananas) to 12" (plantains), with an average size of 6-8".
Size: Banana trees can be up to 25' tall.
Hardiness: The edible bananas do best in Zones 9-10. There are ornamental varieties that are cold hardy if you want a tropical look for your temperate garden.
Propagation: Pups (suckers/ plant offshoots)
Uses: Sweet bananas are eaten raw or cooked. Plantains are starchy and should be cooked before eating.