• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright stalks quickly reach 5 ft. tall, forming clumps 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Exotic Flowers and Foliage
    Blooms:
    Summer to Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KAN-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:6 - 9, 12 - 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Upright stalks quickly reach 5 ft. tall, forming clumps 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Blooms:Summer to Fall
    Flower color:Orange
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasUse this canna to create an undeniably tropical look, even where there's frost. Add to existing beds and borders for dramatic, long lasting foliage color and contrasting form or texture. A natural beside pools and water gardens. Favorite of modern garden designers. Excellent in pots on porch, patio, terrace and balcony.
    Companion PlantsPlumbago (Plumbago); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Lantana (Lantana); Verbena (Verbena); Montbretia (Crocosmia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in loose, nutrient rich, evenly moist soils, but adaptable when established; tolerates wet, poorly drained soils. In mild winter regions, leave in-ground for spring regrowth; prune to the ground in fall. In regions below zone 7, remove rhizomes in fall and store in a cool, dry place. As an indoor plant, provide bright, indirect light.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • 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. iridiflora and C. glauca sought 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 Antony Tesslaar International introduced Tropicanna and marketed the canna back to popularity again with selections for exotic foliage color.
    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.

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