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Black Knight Canna

Canna x generalis 'Black Knight'

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.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationKAN-uh jen-er-RAY-liss
LoreCanna was once called Indian shot because its rock hard, perfectly round seed was used as a substitute for lead shot in muzzle loading guns.
Average Size at MaturityFast-growing perennial to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 20 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Tolerates Wet Soils, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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