While commonly called Banana ‘Trees’, the members of the Musaceae family are technically herbaceous perennials that form a psuedostem from the leaf sheaths that are tightly packed around each other in layers – almost like the layers of an onion! (or an ogre)
The Musaceae Family includes three main genera, Musa, Musella, and Ensete. Edible varieties are in the Musa genus along with some ornamantal varieties while the Ensete and Musella genera are strictly ornamental.
Each of these genera have their own characteristics but are all referred to as Bananas. Only the Musa genus members produce the fruit we know as Bananas and Plantains, though we will get into the specifics of their origin another day!
Welcome to our new series, Tuesday Tidbits! Every other Tuesday we will be giving you some tasty nuggets of information pertaining to one of the many plants we grow as well as general plant care, landscape applications, history, and some horticultural science!
This week’s tidbit pertains to the inflorescences (complete flower structure) of the Heliconia genus. What is most commonly referred to as the flower is in reality the ‘bracts’, which is a term for a a modified leaf that holds the true flowers.
The bracts secrete a fluid that surround the developing true flowers (which are green in this picture). The fluid is believed to help repel damage to the flowers from insects.
The true flowers are specialized to allow for hummingbirds to drink the nectar in them and spread the pollen in its native environment. The brightly-colored bracts also help to attract hummingbirds.
We were lucky to have only been affected mildly by Hurricane Ian, but our hearts go out to our friends and partners on the West Coast who were not as lucky. We are cleaning up the damages today but are back open for business and getting caught up on all orders that were delayed due to the storm. Stay safe out there!
The stars have aligned over here at Excelsa Gardens. Our 14″ Monstera ‘Thai Constellations’ are back in stock! Stop by and check out these beauties along with all the other collector’s plants we carry. These amazing plants go for $850 each.
Excelsa Gardens is mourning the loss of one of our most beloved employees. Eustaquio ‘Taco’ Mateo. Taco worked at Excelsa Gardens for 20 years. During those years, Taco was Mark’s right-hand man. He was a jack of all trades when it came to the nursery, from growing plants to managing his team with charisma. Taco is survived by his wife and two sons. All of us at Excelsa will miss him every day.
This Amazing and rare flowering tree is known as Radermachera gigantea. It blooms in a cluster form year-round. The flowers themselves are purple and have a slight fragrance. This tropical tree loves full sun, is salt-tolerant, low maintenance, and good for pollinators.
Excelsa Gardens has started our own YouTube channel! Check out our introduction video with Wyatt and Victoria. We will be posting new educational videos weekly! Subscribe, like, and leave us a comment to let us know what you think.
Check out the beautiful flowering variety’s of Desert Rose we have available! You’ve never seen these colors before! Everything is blooming now. We have 6″ and 8″ pots available. Perfect little gift for anyone! Loves to be neglected, so even brown thumb people will approve!
Come stroll the gardens & nursery during a fun day of new & beautiful plants! Featuring- Brunch Treats by TMI Food Truck Live music by The Leafy Greens Band Sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite through our Facebook page for entry into our Rare Plant Raffle!
Tree #2!!! This tree was created by our propagation manager Courtney, our sales rep Mimi and our Bookkeeper Alana. Congrats on your win! All three trees where amazing and we had such a blast making them.
Our annual Thanksgiving luncheon. We all got together to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving lunch, and thank all of our employees for all the hard work they put in to keep Excelsa beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving from Excelsa family to yours.
We will be closed Saturday 8/31/2019 through 9/2/2019 for the labor day holiday. We are also monitoring the storm carefully and will let you know of any updates as soon as we can. Thank you and be safe.