Canna Lily (Canna x generalis 'Wyoming') in the Cannas Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 20 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Guardian plant
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Child plants: one child plant


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Posted by FleudeLisCanna (Tenterfield NSW Australia) on Dec 27, 2014 9:19 PM

C. 'Wyoming': Ah, a Canna of some mystery. Are we surprised!?

The originator was probably Leon Wintzer, who developed and named many earlier cannas with large blooms for other U.S. states.
The earliest mention of C. 'Wyoming' is in the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society in November 1908, in trials at Wisley Gardens.

Then, after 1910, Luther Burbank introduced the Italian Group cultivar we all love nowadays, and gave it the same name.

So, were they working with the same or similar crosses, giving 2 separate cultivars the same name?

'Wyoming' also has these synonyms: C. 'Biarritz', C. 'G.V. King', C. 'Glow of Love', C. 'Liberté', C. 'Professor Lorentz', C. 'Professor Lorenz', C. 'Stellar Blut'

DID YOU KNOW? .. that C. 'Bengal Tiger' is thought to be a 'sport' from C. 'Wyoming'? How about that!

I DO know that mine grows exceedingly tall when conditions are at a premium, to over 8ft from the ground to the tips of the flower heads, and the leaves have been as wide as 12" plus on many occasions.
The blooms will often re-appear 3-4 times along the length of the same flower stem if I do not deadhead them after the first flush.

They have never produced "solid" seed .. only "air pods," but I have heard that some C. 'Wyoming' plants do produce "solid" seed at times. Could this be a "hint" that there are two different hybrids?

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jun 8, 2017 1:14 PM

I like to grow these in a pot in a small water feature. They don't always bloom for me, but the foliage looks great.

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Posted by Cantillon (Europe - Zone 9a) on Aug 25, 2014 6:38 PM

Very easy to grow. Planted in a pot in the garden house and grown on to about two feet tall before being moved into a large pot at about the start of June. Then given a handful of slow-release fertiliser and watered heavily once a week. The pot compound is two-thirds top soil and one-third vermiculite to hold water, grit to help excess flowthrough, and multi-purpose compost.

Plant grows strongly, well able to withstand wind, excellent feature plant. The large pot also contains Dahlia 'David Howard' and Fuchsia 'Annabelle,' or in the other identical pot opposite -- Dahlia 'Bishop of Canterbury' and Fuchsia 'Blacky.' I think if it was planted with a nasturtium that would flow down from the pot, it could be very attractive.

Grows four feet tall from the pot and has excellent leaves and flower spikes and the potential for multiple stalks. I am very optimistic about cannas, which are proving to be even more robust than dahlias, and the leaf strength and colours are superb. I have not had them for more than one season, but I will empty the pots when the Cannas have to be protected and will use them again for tulips and maybe Fritillaria Imperialis for spring, with some little crocuses.

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