Musa sikkimensis is one of the hardiest bananas – second hardiest to Musa basjoo. It has much to offer in addition or even in preference to Musa basjoo. It is larger. The leaves are held more upright and are more wind tolerant.However the most noticeable thing is they can be extremely colourful. Each plant varies but generally there is a degree of maroon staining on the upper leaf surface.The leaf underside has a metallic mauve sheen and the flower, when produced, is a rich purple. 'Red Tiger' is a particularly colourful cultivar, with strong purple banding on the leaf upper side.Like Musa basjoo, Musa sikkimensis will produce little sterile ‘banana fruits’ – quite a novelty.