The Main Plant entry for Cannas (Canna)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Cannas.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Canna
  • Canna Lily

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Date: 2012-05-29
Courtesy Outsidepride
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2009-07-25
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 4, 2020 1:17 PM concerning plant:
    There are supposed to be about 25 species of Canna, which are native to tropical America. Wild Cannas tend to have more narrow flower petals while the garden canna are hybrids having wider petals. The numerous cultivars have flowers of red, orange, yellow, creams, and pinks, and some are bicolored. The leaves are green or red-purple and can have white or yellow stripes, even with orange areas. They like moist, rich soils and can be grown as shallow water plants. When used as annual flowers in northern climates, the big tan tubers can be dug up in late fall when the foliage is killed by frost, and the tubers can be stored in peatmoss or similar material in a cool indoor place for the winter. Then grown plants again in the spring. Bumblebees love the flowers. Unfortunately, the Japanese Beetle also likes to eat holes in the flowers. The various cultivars can range in height from 1.5 to 8 feet high. The richer the soil and the more rain result in bigger cannas.
  • Posted by dyzzypyxxy (Sarasota, Fl) on Aug 24, 2014 2:13 PM concerning plant:
    Here in Florida, and I'd imagine in other warm, humid climates, Cannas are prone to rust in the late summer. This is very unsightly and not healthy for the plants. It is also very hard to control. Good air circulation is a basic thing to remember when planting Cannas. If you do start to see rusty spots on the leaves, jump on them immediately and remove all leaves showing the fungus. Housekeeping is the best medicine here. Be sure to bag up the infected leaves and throw out with the trash. Don't compost them.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 12, 2013 5:21 PM concerning plant:
    I love the lush tropical look of Cannas, both their flowers and their foliage. Unfortunately, they are not winter hardy here in my garden. I get tired of planting them each spring and lifting them for storage each fall, so I have not had Cannas now for a few years.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:25 AM concerning plant:
    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

    "The plants are large tropical and subtropical perennial herbs with a rhizomatous rootstock. The broad, flat, alternate leaves, that are such a feature of this plant, grow out of a stem in a long narrow roll and then unfurl. The leaves are typically solid green but some cultivars have glaucose, brownish, maroon, or even variegated leaves.

    The flowers are typically red, orange, or yellow or any combination of those colours, and are aggregated in inflorescences that are spikes or panicles (thyrses). Although gardeners enjoy these odd flowers, nature really intended them to attract pollinators collecting nectar and pollen, such as bees, hummingbirds and bats. The pollination mechanism is conspicuously specialized. Pollen is shed on the style while still in the bud, and in the species and early hybrids some is also found on the stigma because of the high position of the anther, which means that they are self-pollinating. Later cultivars have a lower anther, and rely on pollinators alighting on the labellum and touching first the terminal stigma, and then the pollen."

Plant Events from our members
piksihk On March 21, 2022 Bloomed
piksihk On May 18, 2021 Bloomed
Peachy pink
piksihk On May 16, 2019 Bloomed
peachy pink canna in back pecan tree
piksihk On July 14, 2017 Bloomed
piksihk On August 1, 2016 Bloomed
collecteds seedsfrom previous blooms; still blooming
piksihk On May 11, 2016 Transplanted
piksihk On December 12, 2015 Harvested
Seeds collected
piksihk On September 16, 2015 Bloomed
dragonfetti On February 25, 2015 Potted up
Four tubers for placing in the pond.
Seedfork On April 22, 2016 Bloomed
Red Blooms
Seedfork On April 23, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
First buds on canna forming.
MrsBinWY On January 21, 2018 Seeds sown
Filed & soaked descendants of: 'Confetti' (8); 'Cannova Yellow' (12); 'Bronze Scarlet' (8) from ishareflowers
MrsBinWY On February 7, 2017 Seeds germinated
1st radicals emerged 2-7-17; potted 7 seeds on 2-8-17; 2 more on 2-10-17; 1st 7 seedlings all up on 2-16-17; other 2 seedlings up on 2-18-17; will probably give up on the last seed (by poking it into a pot with another seeding, that is); on 3-9-17, the seedling from the seed I gave up on was about 1" tall
MrsBinWY On February 4, 2017 Seeds sown
file, germinate in water, 10 seeds from 2015 garden
tabbycat On July 15, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
Blooms were deeper colors this year??? Not usual pastels
tabbycat On May 1, 2022 Bloomed
Had to trim new leaves I sprayed with oil based bug spray that damaged some of new leaves but it will be fine.
tabbycat On February 20, 2022 Plant emerged
cleaned off all dead brown leaves & found new growth
tabbycat On May 3, 2021 Bloomed
1st flower of '21
tabbycat On March 15, 2021 Plant emerged
Just starting to sprout out
tabbycat On March 1, 2021 Maintenance performed
Feb. 15 freeze killed to ground so I cleaned all off.
tabbycat On March 21, 2020 Bloomed
1st of 2020
tabbycat On April 21, 2019 Bloomed
1st flower of 2019.NOTE: 2nd flush of flowers started 6 - 22.
tabbycat On March 1, 2019 Plant emerged
Mild winter so they got a head start on new leaves sprouting out. 12" plant now.
carlissa904 On April 26, 2019 Obtained plant
April 26, 2019: Obtained plant (got some rhizomes and small shoots from the Gainesville Garden Club meeting)
antsinmypants On June 12, 2021 Transplanted
Into flower garden 2
antsinmypants On March 30, 2021 Plant emerged
2 up.
antsinmypants On March 26, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights. 4
WebTucker On June 28, 2022 Bloomed
paleohunter On June 20, 2022 Seeds sown
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Canna glauca.... by wcgypsy Jun 18, 2013 5:12 PM 1
Dwarf canna by dyzzypyxxy May 23, 2014 4:02 PM 0
Dwarf white by dyzzypyxxy Aug 24, 2014 4:24 PM 2
C. 'Decedance' 2014 by FleudeLisCanna Dec 25, 2014 10:10 PM 0
Canna Seeds .. Close-up by FleudeLisCanna Jan 1, 2015 11:26 PM 2
The Two Different Low Growing Red Plants In Your Pic by Marilyn Sep 20, 2016 10:50 AM 3
Beautiful wall behind? by purpleinopp Jul 29, 2021 9:48 AM 9
Looks like a bird head by purpleinopp Jul 8, 2022 8:09 AM 4

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