Photo by S. Pradhan taken at India
Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger'
Bengal Tiger Sikkim Banana
Item #: 9326
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 168" tall
Origin: Himalayan Mountains
We are thrilled to offer this splendid form of the winter hardy Musa sikkimensis, hailing from the high montane forests of the northeast Himalayas. Musa 'Bengal Tiger' (a selection from the less colorful Musa 'Red Tiger' strain) forms a 14' tall specimen with dark green leaves, heavily splotched red on the front and emerging solid red on the back. Each seedling has been selected for good red color since the amount of red can vary dramatically from plant to plant. To say the fruit from Musa sikkimensis is edible is like saying that most remote Himalayan bathrooms are comfortable...both have an aroma, but that's about it.