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Cannas bring tropical splendor to gardens in all regions. These bold plants feature clustered, flaglike blooms in a brilliant color array on tall stems. Recent flower breeding has created canna foliage that is even showier than the petals, with variegated leaf combinations of orange, yellow, and greens that glow in the summer sun. Dwarf cannas are also available for container gardening and other small spaces. Cannas are usually grown from tuberous roots but some newer varieties can also be raised from seed, with flowering guaranteed for the first year.
Cannas provide architectural interest in summer borders and they also flourish along the damp margins of a pond. If you garden in a climate colder than Zone 9 (7 for the hardier types of cannas), you'll need to dig canna plants up and store them bareroot for the next season or overwinter potted specimens indoors. A destructive mottling virus has threatened canna stock in nurseries across the U.S., so be sure to buy your plants from a reputable source.
Part Sun, Shade, Sun
From 1 to 8 feet
To 3 feet wide
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more varieties for Canna
Canna 'Australia' offers a bold combination of deep purple foliage with crimson flowers. It grows to 5 feet tall. Zones 7-10
Canna 'Cleopatra' bears lush, broad leaves that accompany stems of clustered bright gold flowers, with an occasional orange bloom or orange stippling on yellow petals. It grows to 4 feet tall. Zones 7-11
Canna 'Lucifer' produces bright red flowers edged in yellow atop a dwarf plant to 4 feet tall. Zones 7-11
Canna 'Pretoria' is a large, lofty variety that flaunts yellow-stripe, broad leaves and sizable orange blooms. It grows 6-8 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 7-11.
'Tropical Rose' canna
Canna 'Tropical Rose' this compact, award-winning variety is topped with gigantic bouquets of rose pink flowers. It grows to 2-1/2 feet tall. Zones 7-11
Canna 'Phasion' bears flamboyant orange veining on its broad green leaves. Golden orange flowers complete the paradise palette. The plant grows to 4 feet tall. Zones 7-11
Canna 'Wyoming' delights with huge, ginger-orange flowers that glow against the backdrop of deep purple-green foliage. It grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Zones 7-11