Answer: I believe your friend gave you rhizomes of a variety of canna. Cannas are tender perennials, so wait until the soil is fairly warm (about the same time as you would plant peppers, eggplant, or scarlet salvia). You will need to lift and store the rhizomes in the fall soon after your first mild frost. Store them in a cool (40-50 degrees), dry place for the winter. Cannas are bold, tropical-looking plants, with big, broad leaves. They grow tall (4-7' depending on variety, although dwarf varieties are available.), and have very colorful gladiolus-like blooms, so they are best massed in beds and borders. If you like these and want to sample other varieties, send $3.00 for a catalog to American Daylily and Perennials, PO Box 210, Grain Valley, MO, 64029.
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