General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Leaves: Other: Frost tender
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Edible Parts: Roots
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: Soak for 24-48 hours then nick to open outer coat
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Division
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Canna Lily
  • Indian Shot
  • Imbiri-de-Flor
  • Queensland Arrowroot
  • Canna
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Canna indica
  • Synonym: Canna discolor
  • Synonym: Canna altensteinii
  • Synonym: Canna compacta
  • Synonym: Canna lanuginosa
  • Synonym: Canna patens
  • Synonym: Canna speciosa
  • Synonym: Canna indica var. maculata
  • Synonym: Canna limbata
  • Synonym: Canna lambertii
  • Synonym: Canna aurantiaca
  • Synonym: Canna edulis
  • Synonym: Canna brasiliensis
  • Synonym: Canna esculenta
  • Synonym: Canna warszewiczii
  • Synonym: Canna coccinea
  • Synonym: Canna orientalis

Photo Gallery
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2013-08-25

Date: c. 1807
illustration from Moriarty's 'Fifty Plates of Greenhouse Plants',
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-05-15
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2020-08-03
Summer 2020
Photo by BeKind
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2013-07-03
Location: Along the road side, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-16
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney,  N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-05-10
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2020-08-05
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-08-14
Location: In my garden
Location: Blondmyk's Backyard, Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2012-10-10
Interesting shot of Canna Indica seed pod just beginning to open
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28

Date: 2013-09-09
The blue circles are where stems can grow.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2017-06-21
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-17
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2013-06-28
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2013-09-03
Location: Along the road side, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-17
Location: Home
Location: Elkhart
Summer 2019
Location: Elkhart
Fall 2019
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-08-22
Location: Blondmyk's Backyard, Corpus Christi, TX
Date: 2012-10-10
Another example of Canna Indica in flower with developing seed po

Date: 2020-09-21
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-01-12
Jan. bloom
Location: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-05-10
Location: My garden
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-09-20
The seeds are large, the pods are interesting!
Location: My house
Date: 2017-01-21
I am growing these from seed
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-08-14
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2013-10-21 
C. indica   A variety called 'Sunset'
Location: My garden
Location: Elkhart
Spring 2019
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-05-15
Grown from seed and started last winter.
Location: Utrecht Botanical Garden
Date: 2021-10-10

Date: 2012-10-12

Date: 2012-10-12
Leaf roller damage.

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-03-01
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2020-07-29
These are my seedlings from couple years, Spring 2020
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-10-26
GERMINATION start date: 05/2019 SPROUT dates: 09/2019 : 10/2019
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-10-10
Location: Along the road side, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-15
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney,  N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-05-10
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney,  N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-05-10
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-13
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2010-07-19
I keep it in a pot, in the UK it struggles with our cold climate,
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-09-20
It grows tall, I grew it from seed but it eventually succumbed to

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-02-27
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-02-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-11-02
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-10-05
Location: Palm Harbor, Florida
Date: 2013-05-31
Location: Palm Harbor, Florida
Date: 2013-05-31
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-10-11
Took 5 days to germinate
Location: Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-03-01
Location: Sumatera Indonesia
Date: 2017-12-09
growing wild
Location: Plano, TX
Pods with seeds
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-08-08
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-10-10
Location: Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-15
Location: Along the road side, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-12
Location: Along the road side, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-12
Flower and young interesting forming seed pods
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-09-20
It makes seed readily, this is a species.
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Comments:
  • Posted by Joy (Kalama, Wa. - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2015 1:52 AM concerning plant:
    This is a species canna, so it can be grown from seed.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On July 29, 2018 Bloomed
peachy color one under back pecan tree; from trade
piksihk On February 27, 2017 Bloomed
Pruned down leaves that got zapped by cold last month; new green leaves and blooms this week
piksihk On May 10, 2016 Transplanted
HW round bed
Blondmyk On October 7, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
I noticed that the seed pods have developed! While I'm unsure of what I will get, it should be interesting to see if the cross pollination took, or if another Indica flower pollinated the flower as well as what I did. There are a lot of blooms out there right now, and a total of 7 seed sacks growing, all still very green.
Blondmyk On September 29, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
First new flowers have appeared since the transplant. I also had Cannus Cleopatra blooming, so I took the opportunity to attempt a cross pollination. I have marked the pollinated bloom on Cannus Indica by using a twisty tie. Hopefully I'll get seeds.
Blondmyk On September 12, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Transplanted approximately 10 new plants into the bed of Canna Indica I have currently planted in the Backyard attained from Apt 5's front yard from under their A/C. Plants seem to have taken the transplant well.
skylark On December 1, 2022 Plant emerged
New shoots started
skylark On November 1, 2022 Maintenance performed
Cut down old stalks: 2 pots remain.
skylark On October 12, 2022 Maintenance performed
cleaned rhizome for next season in 1 pot, 2 still growing
skylark On November 1, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
cut down main stems to grow new stems
skylark On January 15, 2021 Seeds germinated
1 year old seeds
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