Canna x generalis 'Firebird'Item #2245 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. 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 3 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KAN-uh jen-er-RAY-lissPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing perennial to 3 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasUse this canna to create an undeniably tropical look in smaller spaces. Evoking a feeling of orchids and halaconia even where there's frost. Add to existing beds and borders for dramatic, long lasting contrasting foliage, form or texture. A natural beside pools and water gardens. In spare modern gardens use in masses or living columns. 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 in full sun. 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.