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Canna Lily

Canna spp.

Also known as

Indian Shot Plant

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

10a-10b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

2.2m

60cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Canna Lily
A photo of Canna Lily
A photo of Canna Lily
A photo of Canna Lily
A photo of 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

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

Propagation

Division

Seed

Chip or soak seed before sowing

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant