The Q&A Archives: Mystery Plant?

Question: Hi I have seen this plant all over Ontario and no one seems to be able to help me on the name and if it is a perenial or annual. To describe the plant I would say that it is very tall and has broad dark green leaves that some what resemble a rubber plant (in size and shape). It has different colors of flowers that range form bright reddish orange to light pink, light yellow and white. I have seen it at Niagara Falls, Canada as we walked along the pathways looking at the falls. They seem to be always planted in full sun in the middle to back of the rows. If you have any suggestions as to what type of plant this might be I would be very grate full.

Answer: Based on your description it is a bit difficult to identify the plants, but might they be different varieties of canna lily? They are grown in full sun and are very striking, come in numerous colors and are available in both dwarf forms and in more statuesque heights to over 6 feet. Here is a picture of a somewhat ratty specimen of a rather plain-Jane variety, but it does show the leaves: to give an idea of the entire plant form. Canna lilies are grown from rhizomes and, while they are perennial in the south, they must be dug and stored each winter from about zone 7 north. They are usually available for sale in spring either barerooted or potted and pre-started.

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