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Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Splendid Canna Lilies

Canna Lilies, Indian Shots, Canna indica, Canada x generalis


Often grown for their dramatic foliage - large banana like leaves - Cannas are vibrant tender perennials that provide a strong ornamental interest and immediately give a touch of the tropics in the garden or containers. Impossibly exotic, they bloom prolifically from mid summer to the first frost in a flamboyant array of colors varying from red, orange, yellow, pink or cream. Their architectural shapes and eye-catching colors make them perfect for planting as focal plants or massed to create a tropical effect. Easy to grow, they stand proud and bold provided some basic rules are respected.

1. Choose The Right Rhizomes (or Tubers)

  • Choose rhizomes that are large, firm, and plump.
  • The number of eyes (growth points) of the rhizomes is highly correlated to the overall size of the plant and its blossoms. The more eyes, the bigger the plant and more spectacular the flowers.
  • The optimum number of eyes should be 3-5.

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Plant Type Annuals, Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Canna - Canna Lilies
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Plant Type Annuals, Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Canna - Canna Lilies
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