Black Knight Canna
Black Knight Canna
Canna x generalis 'Black Knight'Item #2237 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
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Tropical perennial for mass planting in sunny borders. Reliable summer color under a wide variety of growing conditions. Unique, dark burgundy foliage. In cold climates, lift bulbs in fall. Perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast-growing perennial to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KAN-uh jen-er-RAY-lissPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast-growing perennial to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage ColorFoliage color:BurgundyBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasMassing this canna creates an undeniably tropical look in larger landscapes. Flowers evoke a feeling of orchids and halaconia while large leaves are decidedly exotic. Add to existing beds and borders for dramatic, long lasting contrasting foliage, tall form or texture. A natural beside pools and water gardens or for problem solving in low wet soils. In spare modern gardens use in masses or as living columns; exceptional played against boldly colored walls. Excellent in pots on porch, patio, terrace and balcony.Companion PlantsFirebird belongs with tropical looking Royal Cape Plumbago, (Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'), Hardy Fiber Banana, (Musa basjoo), Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine, (Campsis radicans 'Monbal') and Black Knight Butterfly Bush, (Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight').
- CareCare InformationProvide a site with loose, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule of thoroughly soaking the root area once a week. Cut spent flowers to induce repeat bloom. As an indoor plant locate near a source of bright light.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus is comprised of over fifty species with many contributing to various trends in breeding over the past century. A craze of Victorian interest which involved C. iridifloraand C. glaucasought out ever more exotic flowers. Most of our new plants descend from the Crozy or French Hybrids. Canna fell out of favor for decades until modern designers have rediscovered the exotic foliage types and shorter stature varieties such as this.Lore:Canna was once called Indian shot because its rock hard, perfectly round seed was used as a substitute for lead shot in muzzle loading guns.