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Lotus Banana

Cultivated since antiquity, this rare dwarf banana is considered the most precious of sacred flowers by the Dai and Bulang Buddhist ethnic minorities of China’s Southern Yunnan province.  It represents the embodiment of charm and kindness.  While actively cultivated, it is believed to be extinct in the wild.  The plant gets its name from the large yellow upright flower produced from the top of the leafless pseudostem.  Flowering lasts for 6 to 9 months.  The plant is a natural dwarf, reaching 4 to 6 feet high.  Unlike other bananas, the Golden Lotus Banana will thrive in areas with a distinct winter season.  They are hardy to USDA climate zone 7 and possibly to zones 5 and 6.         

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