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 3 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:KAN-uh jen-er-RAY-liss
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing perennial to 3 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Red
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleTropical
Design 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').
Care Information
Provide 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:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.