• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Fast-growing perennial to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KAN-uh jen-er-RAY-liss
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast-growing perennial to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
    Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color
    Foliage color:Burgundy
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Tropical
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.