President Canna

Canna x generalis 'President'

Tropical perennial for mass planting in sunny borders. Reliable summer color under a wide variety of growing conditions. Contrasting forest green foliage. In cold climates, lift bulbs in fall.
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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 IdeasUse this canna to create an undeniably tropical look, evoking a feeling of orchids and halaconia even where there's frost. Add to existing beds and borders for dramatic, long lasting foliage contrast 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Very Wet Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Tolerates Wet Soils, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil evenly moist.
Companion PlantsCombine canna with Flamenco Double Flame Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'MonHope'), Banana Split Yucca, (Yucca recurvifolia 'Monca'), Nuccios Bella Rossa Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Bella Rossa'), Crimson Jewel Mandevilla, (Mandevillea x amabilis 'Magic Dream') and Golden Zebra Daylily, (Hemerocallis x 'Malja').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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