Plant ID forum: Canna ID: dark leaves/red bloom

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Aug 12, 2013 9:40 AM CST
Here's one of my cannas that needs a name:


She makes loads of seeds.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 12, 2013 10:21 AM CST
Did you grow that from seed?
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Aug 12, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Nope - never sown them.
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Horntoad
Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM CST
My best guess is Canna indica, but I have no guess about cultivar.
Canna Lily (Canna indica)

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 12, 2013 11:13 AM CST
Indica is my best guess too .. Canna's are really easy to grow from seed but don't expect it to look like the parent. If you want to try some from seed you'll have to break the seed coat which is very hard and thick. I use a pair of pliers to hold onto the seed then take a hack saw and saw til I see white then score the rest of the seed a bit so the coat breaks easily once it starts to germinate. Plant about an inch under the soil. They'll come up pretty fast and sometimes bloom the first year.

The picture is of a Journey's End Seedling.


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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2013 2:29 PM CST
Those look just like the ones I have, but mine don't have the red stripe at the leaf edge, and the seed balls are green, not red like those on your plant. If yours proliferates as readily from making new rhizomes, (like 10x per year!) you'd never get the inkling to sprout a seed, unless you think it may have made an interesting cross with a different kind nearby, just how to contain them, to be enjoyed but to not start a farm of them. If you want more, just pull out your shovel next spring and you'll be amazed how much rhizome you excavate. Now I see why there are often barrier-less weed/grass-free patches of them mid-lawn (as a not-long-ago-transplant from OH where they are not hardy.) Not even wiregrass can find a smidge of soil (or light) among an established patch of Canna rhizomes. I cut the section of flower stalk off as soon as the flowers turn brown, they keep blooming for a long time, a really long time. I like these a lot, even though I had to move them from where they started. Now that I *get it,* they are in a better spot(s,) and have more space. I can see them more from inside too. And I shared them with 5 other people.
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Aug 14, 2013 3:17 PM CST
Tiffany, I've had to share many of my cannas; and I've sent seeds to someone that wanted them to use in making one of their musical instrument. Neat idea...
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