Being a chilly day (for us) I wanted something bright to look at. It should be tropical and not terribly common.
I went through the most recent photo libraries that I had around and spotted this one picture.
The flower itself came and went, glowing in the evening setting sun. The leaves are still there, as the plant is grown as an ornamental here. There is a rather large stand of them next door. Standing waist high these giant leaves make for a pleasant and showy display.
Reading the description, it seems that you can grow them readily as long as they’re kept warm and planted in rich soils. Protect from cool weather under 50F/10C and you are good to go.
So, Pat, you can grow them outside, but you’d have to pull them up over winter. If you really want an exotic plant, I know of a couple palm tree species that will grow up there in the New Jersey Prairies and overwinter outdoors…