In Thai folklore, the banana trees have a young female avenging spirit, Lady Tani, that floats around them. She appears on a full moon in traditional Thai clothing to the man who has mistreated her. In the wild, these trees display beautiful, vibrant flowers, symbolizing her beauty. Their leaves are considered to have magical powers for fertility and childbirth.
Care Level: Plays Hard to Get
Pet Friendly: Warning
Ensete, also known as enset, is an important food crop in Ethiopia, and an ornamental plant enjoyed in landscapes around the world. Though the bananas they produce are not edible, Ensete plants do produce food in the form of a starchy corm (underground storage organ) and a starchy stem base. When sun and good moisture are provided, it will give you a show to remember, especially if you are not from the tropics, as most would not expect such a large tropical specimen to be growing in your yard. But this is very doable if you store the plant appropriately over the winter and revive it to be planted again each year.