The flowers of Ensete ventricosum grow from the centre of the stem in massive, pendulous spikes, up to 3 m long. Each flower has a single petal, five stamens and a three-chambered, inferior ovary. Some large maroon-coloured bracts shaped like spathes are positioned around the flowers.
Flowering happens late in spring. The plant dies after the flowers have turned into fruit. The photo was taken in January in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, when flowering on the dying plant on the right was already over (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Wikipedia; Van Wyk and Van Wyk, 1997).