Similar to Colocasia these are a must-have for any exotic garden! Originally native to southeast Asia this beautiful plant produces large heart-shaped leaves with various colours! This plant likes full to half sun with well draining very fertile soils, in hot temperatures it can become semi-aquatic! Liking temperatures from 10- 35C and a sheltered position, in winter bring in to a frost free environment and keep on the dry side although can be difficult to over winter.
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This plant is used for its unusual striking flowers and is native to southern China. It is a perennial plant that will grow up to 1.5M tall and spread up to 1.5M over a time span of 4 years. It likes full sun with a well-draining soil, water once a week in summer as well as feeding 2-3 times a month. When planting place in sheltered spot, hardy down to 0C, in winter bring into a frost-free environment. Can be used as a pot plant and is slightly fragrant. If you are wanting to grow your own edible bananas in the UK this is your best species to grow but watch out for the bananas as they are full of seeds!