Ensete superbum is known as Kadu bale in Kannada and Kallvalai in Tamil. It grows in arid, unfertile regions of the Western Ghats. The fruit are not edible as they have numerous black seeds, hard as small pebbles.
The Jungle plantain is sometimes grown as an ornamental in some gardens. It is supposed to have medicinal qualities.
I am a natural gardener living in South India.The exuberant tropical garden that has grown around me is completely organic and critter- friendly.Different frogs, birds, butterflies and other winged creatures live in my garden or visit it, including some of the creeping kind. All are welcome except the four legged kind. I love to travel and to learn new things.