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Canna Lily

Canna spp.

Also known as

Indian Shot Plant

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A green leaved Canna plant with red flowers
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Canna Lily Overview

Canna is a genus containing 12 species of rhizomatous perennial plants found mainly in Asia and tropical North and South America. Grown widely for its large, attractive foliage and showy red, orange and yellow flowers, it is now a common garden and house plant. Although commonly referred to as canna lily, it is not a true lily. Originally it was a tropical plant but cultivation has resulted in plants that handle temperate conditions very well. So it may now be grown naturally in most countries if protected during cold winters and provided with ample sunlight. Cannas can be used as specimen plants in summer bedding, flower borders or in pots on patios and in conservatories. In frost-prone areas, they need a sheltered site and winter protection outside or bringing indoors.

Common problems with Canna Lily

Outdoors, caterpillars may be a problem. May also be affected by Canna virus.

How to propagate Canna Lily



Chip or soak seed before sowing

Special features of Canna Lily

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Canna Lily

Grown for their striking flowers and ornamental foliage. They are generally used for summer-bedding displays and container growing. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

Ornamentals to Plant Outside in April

Provided the ground isn't frozen or water-logged, plant these varieties.

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Summer Flowering Bulbs

Plant out these flowering bulbs in spring to enjoy their summer performance.

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