Canna Catalogue 2022

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Our catalogue for 2022 is shown below. We will modify this catalogue as the year progresses. Some varieties will be removed when our stock runs low, and more varieties will be added as more production comes online.

Where we do not have much stock, our website may refuse to accept an order of more than one or two plants of particular varieties. We are not in the business of providing multiple quantities of each variety. Our role is to make available a wide range of varieties, not a quantity of any particular variety.

What we sell are small plants, or a rhizome with new roots and at least one actively growing new shoot. Each plant that we sell is individually selected to be of a quality that we would like to receive ourselves if we were the customer. That is not always an easy task to achieve, particularly in the winter months. But we try to ensure that each plant we sell has at least the potential to be a credit-worthy plant.

These cannas should be potted-up as soon as received, well watered, and given a little TLC (tender loving care) until they become established. We recommend not planting them outside until mid May in most areas. Customers purchasing cannas in winter should grow them under glass and in a frost-free environment until spring. These are growing plants and are not suitable for onward storage through winter. Customers that don't have facilities for growing cannas through the winter are advised to purchase plants in the spring/summer. Please note that we do not take forward orders, ie customers placing and paying for an order to be delivered later in the season.

Please note that we do not sell dormant rhizomes. In nature cannas grow in the tropical parts of central and south America, and in the West Indies. These countries rarely if ever experience frost, and so cannas never become dormant. If forced into dormancy, many rhizomes die. Many customers will already have noticed that canna rhizomes sold in small packets of dry peat in garden centres are often already dead.

Our pricing policy is that we charge a little more for varieties that are more trouble for us to propagate, which generally are the bigger varieties, or for varieties that we are relatively short of.

We prefer customers to order on-line where possible (Our websites are encrypted and fully secure). The sale is then fully documented and archived, and we don't need to handle credit card information (which is securely handled by our Shopping Cart provider). We despatch cannas as soon as ordered where practical.

Callers to our nursery are welcome by arrangement, and we sometimes have a bigger selection in a wider range of sizes than is available online.

For advice and information on canna cultivation, please see here: Cultivation. Please check here before phoning/emailing us. We love to talk about cannas, but the problem is simply that we have lots of customers, and we just don't have enough time to spend on the phone or writing emails dealing with the same query over and over again. This is why we try to provide the answers to most questions on this website. In particular please see the section Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

BREXIT, ie the exiting of the UK from the EU, was implemented on 1st January 2021. The effect is that we can no longer send cannas to the EU because of the cost and difficulty of obtaining export/import documentation. Needless to say we are not in favour of Brexit. For customers in the EU, we suggest that you try www.clainescanna.com

This business is owned by Keith and Christine Hayward. They are ably assisted by part-time enthusiasts Celeste, Nick, Antonia, Florencia. They also hold the National Collection of cannas under the auspices of Plant Heritage. They also have a business selling cheap black plastic planters

Note, anyone interested in other exotic plants might like to visit https://lushgardenexotics.co.uk which is a new mail-order company which operates from the same site as our nursery, but is no connexion with us, except for our encouragement. It specialises in exotic half-hardy plants including Colocasias (Elephant Ears), Alocasias, Gingers (Hedychium and others), Bananas etc.


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'Alaska'

Syn: 'Moonshine'


Price: £14.00 each
(Sales limited to one per order until we have built up stock)

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: White with a touch of yellow in the centre.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

There is no pure white canna. So-called white cannas either have a tinge of pink or yellow. Often, a day in the sunshine turns them white.

In our opinion, 'Alaska' and 'Ermine' are identical although from different souces.

There are several so-called white cannas which are distinct from 'Alaska'/'Ermine' and from each other. We know of 'Ambassadour', 'Grand Canaria', 'Tropical White, which are also for sale in this catalogue.

The whitest of these, in our opinion, is 'Tropical White'.


CannaAlb

'Alberich'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Quantity:

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Peach.

Green foliage and nice peach flowers.

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CannaAmb

'Ambassadour'


Price: £12.00
(Sales limited to one per order until we have built up stock)

Quantity:

Height: Medium (around 1m).
Foliage: Green.
Flower: White.

This variety has large nicely shaped flowers with a touch of pink in the centre.


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'Annei'

Syn: 'Omega' (USA)


Price: £12.00

Quantity:

Height: Very tall, 2.5m+.
Foliage: Glaucous green lance shape leaves
Flower: Apricot.
award of merit

Granted the prestigious RHS "Award Of Garden Merit", AGM, in the RHS Canna Trial of 2002.

A unique canna with a unique history. It is the tallest of the canna garden cultivars, and truly spectacular, with large, lance shaped glaucous leaves, and delicate apricot flowers. Extremely vigorous, it soon produces a large clump.

The story of canna 'Annei' is well documented. It was bred by Théodore Année in France in 1848. Année had worked as a diplomat in Chile, where he became familiar with cannas, and in retirement in France he devoted his time to breeding cannas. This variety was his first success, and it seems to have the distinction of being the very first named variety of canna. It was launched onto an amazed Parisian public a few years later and became an immediate success. It is reported that in the year 1861 some 20,000 "tufts" of canna 'Annei' were grown in the squares of Paris. (ref: Chaté, E. (1867) Le Canna, son histoire, sa culture).

Those familiar with cannas will recognise a similarity with 'Stuttgart', in the flowers, foliage, and the enormously long rhizomes. Essentially, it seems to be 'Stuttgart' but without the white stripes in the leaves. This absence of white in the leaves no doubt results in increased vigour giving a bigger plant.

Known as 'Omega' in the USA.


CannaAss

'Assaut'


Price: £12.00

Quantity:

Height: Tall (to 2m)
Foliage: Pale Bronze.
Flower: Dark pink, some would call it red.

A heritage variety, and one of the best.

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CannaAus

'Australia'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

A tall and slender plant. May sometimes need staking.

foliage: Very dark shiny chocolate colour.
flower: orange/red.

A heritage variety.

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'Bangkok'

Syn: 'Striped Beauty'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Medium height. Green foliage with a fine white pinstripe. The yellow flower has a white stripe down the centre of each petal.

An old variety. Some might say that the alternative name 'Striped Beauty' is a misnoma. In the world of cannas, where beauty is commonplace, it is not outstandingly beautiful. Neither is it very striped. But there is no doubt that it is unique.

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'Bethany'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green with cream herringbone stripes.
Flower: Orange and yellow.

RHS AGM Award 2002.
award of merit

In our opinion, 'Bethany' and 'Tropicanna Gold' are identical, albeit from different sources.

Bethany was discovered in the garden of Brian West in London as a sport of Pretoria. He named it after his house, and submitted it to the 2002 RHS Canna Trial where it was granted the prestigious AGM award. Quite an achievement for an independent gardener. Similar sports to Bethany have been discovered elsewhere. Gardeners should always be alert for interesting new varieties (sports) arising from their garden plants.


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'Bird of Paradise'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Very tall (2m).
A slender plant with narrow lance shaped leaves in unusual shades of green with pink blush. Coloured stems.
Spidery pink flowers.

Can sometimes be rather straggly, and need staking. Young plants are very thin, about the shape and size of a pencil.

Note: this is not the Strelitzia 'Bird Of Paradise'.

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'Black Knight'

Syn: 'Tchad'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Pale bronze .
Flower: Dark red.

This is the true heritage 'Black Knight'.

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CannaBri

'Brilliant'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green .
Flower: Red.

A relatively short canna with intensely red flowers and narrow lance shaped green foliage with a dark edge.

This variety has small rhizomes. It is very bushy and produces many flowering stems.

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'Caballero'


Price: £10.00 each

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

There are lots of cannas which have yellow flowers covered in red spots. It seems to be a common reversion when canna seeds are sown. Examples in this catalogue are Leopoldii, Richard Wallace, Salsa, Tropical Yellow, Yara, Happy Emily, Taroudant. Some are distinctive and some are not, and we have others in our collection but have not bothered to put in this catalogue. In history there were some superb examples which have now been lost including Meyerbeer (the spottiest canna of all). Lenape and Picasso won the 2002 AGM award and have also been lost. Canna virus decimated the canna world. The Picasso commonly sold in garden centres is not the one which won the prize, it is a modern inferior imposter.


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'Cannova Bronze Scarlet'


Price: £10.00 each.

Quantity:

'CANNOVA' is a range of cannas bred by the Japanese company Takii, and marketed by their subsidiary in Holland. The first 3 varieties were introduced in 2014, since when more have been added.

These varieties are intended for the garden centre market, and the aim is that garden centres will have small-to-medium bushy, floriferous plants ready for sale and maybe already flowering, at the start of the summer selling season.

'Cannova Bronze Scarlet'
Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Red

Cannova Bronze Scarlet at Kew Gardens 2019


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'Cannova Bronze Orange'



Price: £10.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Orange

A new member of the Cannova family, available for the first time in 2017.

Similar to Cannova Bronze Scarlet except for a more orange flower


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'Cannova Lemon'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity (plants):


Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pale yellow

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'Cannova Mango'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pink.

A distinctive and attractive variety, with nicely shaped flowers in an unusual shade of pink.


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'Cannova Orange Shades'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: orange.
The name "shades" presumably means that the colour varies slightly, though we haven't noticed it.

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'Cannova Red Shades'


Price: £10.00 each Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: shades of red.

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'Cannova Rose'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Quantity:


Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pink.

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'Cannova Yellow'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:





Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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Canna Carnival

'Carnaval'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Brilliant orange.

An old French variety, hence the spelling 'Carnaval'

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Canna Centenaire de Rozain Boucharlat

'Centenaire de Rozain Boucharlat'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green .
Flower: Red.

An old French variety, with true crimson/pink flowers.

Bushy growth


Canna Champion

'Champion'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Various pink shades in the same flower.

A heritage variety

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Canna Chou Chou

'Chouchou'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Pale yellow with pink speckling.

A fairly recent French variety. Very attractive


'City of Portland'

Syn: 'Orchid'


Price £10.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Medium to tall
Foliage: Green
Large pink flower with yellow center, and a fine yellow edge

A heritage variety

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Canna Cleopatra

'Cleopatra'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium to tall
Foliage: Green, bronze, or both .
Flower: Yellow and red.

A "Chimaera", the flowers can be red or yellow, and often are partly red and partly yellow. Similarly, the foliage is green with chocolate streaks. Sometimes the flower is completely red and the foliage completely chocolate.

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'Corail'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Bronze
Nice coral-pink flower

An old French variety

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'Corsica'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: short
Foliage: Green
Distinctive and attractive pink and yellow flower

One of the original heritage "Holiday Island" series. We don't have 'Tenerife'. If anyone has it, please send us a sample.


canna Délibáb

'Délibáb'


Price £10.00 each
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Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Pale bronze
Flower: Pink

A heritage Hungarian variety. The name means "mirage"


Canna Durban

'Durban'

Also known as 'Phasion', Tropicanna (TM).


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Burgundy with pink stripes. .
Flower: Tangerine Orange.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.
The most popular canna of all time. Gorgeous multi-coloured foliage. The ultimate garish canna and not for those sensitive souls who don't like clashing colours.

We fought a legal battle to free it from Plant Breeders' Rights and make it available for anyone to sell. For details see here

To retain the colour of the foliage, it is better grown in some dappled shade (actually, this is true of all cannas with brown or red leaves).

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Ehemannii

'Ehemannii'

Also known as Canna iridiflora,
C. iridiflora 'Ehemannii'


Price £14.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Very large bright green leaves.
Flower: Cerise, nodding trusses.

A heritage variety.
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. An unusual but very beautiful canna. Often wrongly referred to as Canna iridiflora (it is a sterile hybrid of C. iridiflora). It is one of the oldest hybrids, dating from the 1860's.

Having parentage of C. iridiflora gives it distinct characteristics of giant foliage and nodding flowers. We also feel that it is somewhat hardier than other cannas. On the downdside, the rhizomes are close-packed and woody, and difficult to divide.

The parent species grows wild in the mountains of Peru from Cusco to Huanuco. It looks very much like 'Ehemannii'. We'd really appreciate some seed if anyone is out that way.

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'Embléme'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Red.


En Avant

'En Avant'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: yellow with red spots.

A heritage variety

There are a number of cannas having yellow flowers with red spots, but this is the "classic" and in our opinion the best.


Canna E Neubert

'Eric Neubert'

Also called 'Verdi'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium.
Foliage: Pale bronze.
Flower: Flame orange.
award of merit

Brilliant orange flowers with usually with a touch of yellow in the centre which adds to the flame effect. The bronze foliage is lightly striped, which enables us to identify this variety even when it is not in flower.

Very similar to (and may be the same as) the old variety 'Verdi'.

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'Ermine'


Price: £14.00 each

Sales limited to one per order due to shortage of stock

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: White with pale yellow centre.

In our opinion 'Ermine' and 'Alaska' are identical, but we keep them separate in our stock.


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'Extase'

Translation 'Extasy'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Salmon Pink

An old French variety

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Canna Feu Magique

'Feu Magique'

Also called 'Feuerzeuber', 'Magic Fire'


Price £10.00

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: A true crimson red.

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Canna Fiesta

'Fiesta'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Yellow with red flash. Quite distinctive.

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'Firebird'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower:red.

Very floriferous. Early to start flowering, and flowers over a long season due to its habit of producing a generous succession of flowers from each stem,

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'Flame'


Price: £10.00 each
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Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: green
Flower: red with yellow edge.


General Eisenhower

'General Eisenhower'

Also known as:
'La France' (probably its original name)
Tropicanna Black(TM)


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Very dark bronze
Flower: Orange/red
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

Dark bronze well-shaped foliage. Well-shaped orange/red flowers.


Canna Golden Orb

'Golden Orb'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: pale bronze
Flower: Golden.

An unusual variety which combines a golden flower with bronze foliage. Large, well shaped flowers on a well proportioned plant with heavy foliage. One of our best varieties. Bred by English plant breeder Jim Ranger.

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'Grand Canaria'


Price: £14.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: White with yellow centre.

A member of the heritage "Holiday Island" Series

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Canna Grandiose

'Grandiose'


Price £10.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Medium/tall
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange

Unusual foliage colour, which is a distinctive shade of bronze.


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'Happy Carmen'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Dark Red

The "HAPPY MISS" Cannas are a range of new varieties that are very short and chunky, and produce lots of flowers. They are happy in a 4 Litre (5") pot, or at the front of the border.

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'Happy Cleo'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Orange.

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'Happy Emily'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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'Happy Isabel'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Pink

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'Happy Julia'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark bronze.
Flower: Red.

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'Happy Wilma'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Orange.

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'Heinrich Seidel'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Yellow with reddish centre


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'Henlade'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: green
Flower: small, compact, orange


Canna herman

'Herman'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: medium
Foliage: Dark bronze, narrow leaves.
Flower: dark red with narrow petals.

A fairly tall but slender plant.

A single plant was found by Dutch canna grower Herman Gerritsma and given to us as a novelty. Hence the name. We believe it to be a sport of canna 'Brilliant'. We propagated it and included it on our stand at the Hampton Court Flower Show where we were pleased with the response. So here it is in our catalogue.

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Canna Indiana

'Indiana'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Green
Flower: Brilliant orange.

A very tall and vigorous plant with pale green lance-shaped foliage and bright orange flowers. Produces masses of seeds.


Canna Intrigue

'Intrigue'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall, 2m
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange.

A tall canna with dark brown narrow lanceolate leaves. Basically a foliage plant but with rather nice but small orange flowers. Sometimes confused with 'Mystique', which is exactly the same foliage and shape plant but with red flowers.

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Canna Jivago

'Jivago'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Orange

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'King Midas'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: green.
Flower: yellow with often a red centre

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'Leopoldii


Plants, £10.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: short/medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: yellow with speckles

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'Lesotho Lil'


£12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Green
Flower: orange

A very impressive plant, taller than tall, with a good flower.

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Canna Lolita

'Lolita'


Plants, £10.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Cerise pink with a pale yellow edge.


Canna Louis Cayeux

'Louis Cayeux'


Price: £12.00 each -

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Green
Large Creamy pink Flower.
award of merit award of merit

RHS AGM Awards 1906 and 2002.
The two awards say it all.

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'Lucy Steele'


Price: £12.00

Quantity:

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Bicolour pink/cream

A new distinctive variety bred by Jack Salway.


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'Madeira'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: orange-rd with yellow edge.

one of the heritage "Holiday Island" series

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'Marabout'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Orange

A foliage plant. Giant and heavy variety from France.

It produces a big cluster of large Apple shaped rhizomes. Digging up a row of these in the autumn is a challenge to our fitness.

Several of the large foliage varieties similarly produce a heavy crop of rhizomes, eg Musifolia, Russian Red, Purpurea, Argentina, Queensland Arrowroot, C. altensteinii, C. discolor. The theory is that these were the cannas used as a food crop. They are still a food crop in some parts of the americas, eg colombia, Bolivia, and in the far east. The rhizomes are tough and stringy and are used to produce high quality cooking flour. Queensland Arrowroot was a commercial crop in Australia for producing industrial starch. For recipes Google search for example Bizcochos de Achiras (achiras means cannas). We hope to have more of these cooking varieties in our catalogue in due course.

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'Marlena'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Peachy.

We obtained our original stock as an un-named variety from a wholesale importer of plants. Clearly it had been professionaly bred which can be seen from the large sturdy flower, the bronze spoon shaped leaves, and general shape of the plant. If anyone has a name for please let us know. In the meantime we will call it Marlena, which seems to fit.

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Canna Montaigne

'Montaigne'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange/red.

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Musifolia

'Musifolia Grande'

Syn: 'Musifolia', 'Grande'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

The banana leaf canna.

A giant variety, over 2 meters. Green leaves with red veins and edges, and red stems. Suitable for the larger garden, National Trust properties etc.

It rarely flowers in the English climate because by the end of summer it has not reached its full height. The flowers are small orange species-type.

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Canna Mystique

'Mystique'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: long narrow dark brown leaves,
Flower: red

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

Primarily a foliage plant but with delicate red flowers. Intrigue is similar but wuth orange flowers.

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'Oiseau D'Or'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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Canna Orange Chocolate

'Orange Chocolate'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: medium 1.5 mtrs
Foliage: Dark Bronze
Flower: Tangerine Orange,

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Canna Orange Punch

'Orange Punch'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: medium 1.5 mtrs
Foliage: green
Flower: Brilliant orange.

A favourite at RHS Wisley Garden, where it has been featured in floral displays for the past few years.

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Canna Panache

'Panache'


Price: £14.00 each
Out of stock

Height: tall, 2mtrs
Foliage: Glaucous green narrow leaves.
Flower: Cream with a mahogany centre.

Quite unlike any other canna. Most people love it at first sight.

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Canna Panama

'Panama'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: tall 1.8 mtrs
Foliage: Dark green.
Flower: Rich pure yellow.

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Canna Perkeo

'Perkeo'

Syn: 'Fatamorgana'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Creamy pink.

Also known as 'Fatamorgana'

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'Pink Perfection'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Large, shocking pink.

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Canna President

'President'

Syn: 'Mr President'

Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Scarlet.

A sturdy plant of medium height, with fleshy pale green foliage and large scarlet flowers.

Much beloved of London parks in years gone by.

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Canna Pretoria

'Pretoria'

Syn: 'Striata', 'Bengal Tiger'
'Palida', 'Malawiensis'.


Price £12.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Striped green and cream
Flower: Tangerine Orange.
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. An exceptionally popular variety.

The unique feature is the foliage, which is herringbone stripes, cream on green. It has exactly the same large orange flower as 'Durban (to which it is genetically related).

This is one of the best canna varieties, and one of the 'classics' of the canna world. It never fails to please.

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Canna Prince Charmant

'Prince Charmant'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pink

A delightful canna with well-shaped pale pink flowers with a touch of yellow. Bred in 1922 in France.


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'Pringle Bay'

Syn: 'Pink Sunburst'


Price: £14.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short,
foliage: variegated red and green .
Flower: Pink

An old variety discovered at Pringle Bay in South Africa, and named Pringle Bay by the person who found it. Later taken to the USA and renamed 'Pink Sunburst', by which it became widely known. It's an interesting story which came to us from a grower in SA, which we can't verify. But according to the rules of plant nomenclature, it's the first name that is valid, and we prefer the name Pringle Bay anyway.

Very short, rather difficult to multiply, and prone to dying in the winter! But it is distinctive, and attractive, and deserves a place in the history of cannas.

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Canna Purpurea

'Purpurea'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

A giant variety, over 2 mtrs, with bronze foliage. Upright (fastigiate) growth. Small orange flowers.

We stock 'Purpurea', but we feel that 'Russion Red' is an improved version and is better. We stock them both. It is the customer's choice. 'Russian Red' has bigger and darker leaves, and is not so narrow in growth.

We supplied Wisley Garden with this variety in 2011 (see photo below). See also 'Russian Red'

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Canna Queen Charlotte

'Queen Charlotte'

Also called 'Konigin Charlotte', 'Reine Charlotte'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Bicolour red with a yellow outer

An old variety, bred in Germany.

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'Red Tiger'


Price: £14.00 each
(Sales limited to one olant per order until we have built up stock)

Quantity:


Medium height.
Foliage green with a cream herringbone pattern.
Flower: red

A recent variety from a grower in Thailand.
Best described as a 'Pretoria' with a red flower.


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'Regal Red'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:


Height: Tall
Foliage: green
Flower: red

A big and vigorous canna with bright green folaige with smallish crimson flowers


Canna Richard Wallace

'Richard Wallace'

Syn: C. lutea


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

An extremely vigorous canna which produces masses of new shoots each year.

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Canna Rbert Kemp

'Robert Kemp'

Syn: Canna compacta


Price £10.00 each
Out of stock. More available in the spring.

A species canna with rather small orange flowers and green foliage. Some would say that it's not a true species, but just a variation on the C. indica theme.

It doesn't have much going for it except for its vigour and its ability to procreate. It produce masses of rhizomes at the end of the season, and being a species it is also a producer of viable seed. It was infamous at one time among those of us who were keen on cannas. It was very cheap to produce, and the saying was that whatever rhizome you bought in a garden centre would turn out to be Robert Kemp, irespective of the name and illustration on the packet. For that place in the history of cannas it deserves its place in our catalogue.


Canna Roi Humbert

'Roi Humbert'

Syn: 'Red King Humbert'


Price 12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: very tall
Foliage: dark bronze.
Flower: large, dark orange/red.

An impressive plant for the herbaceous border.

The flowers remain somewhat funnel-shaped.

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Canna Roi Soleil

'Roi Soleil'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Deep red.


Canna Roma

'Roma'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Bicolour red and yellow.

Large flaccid flowers.

An "Italian Series" canna bred around 1900. There are several similar varieties, and we are not exactly sure of the name, particulatly since the patterning can be variable - some flower have more yellow, and some less. If anyone has an opinion on this please let us know.

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'Rosa Fuerta'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: large, Pink.

The name literally means "Strong Pink" in Spanish. Our stock came from Chile.


Canna Rosemond Coles

'Rosemond Coles'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Bicolour, red and yellow.

Although we say "medium height" it is actually a very stocky plant with thick bright green foliage, and large heavy flowers which are red on the front and yellow on the reverse.


Russian Red

'Russian Red'


Price £12.00 each.

Quantity:

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

A giant variety, 2 mtrs+, with very dark reddish bronze foliage. Small orange flowers.

Suitable for the larger garden, National Trust properties etc.

We identified this variety as an improved version of C. indica 'Purpurea' (it has bigger and darker leaves)

Very large apple-shaped rhizomes. We believe one of the varieties used for food. We've tried it, but it is not to our taste, and rather stringy.

We submitted it to the 2002 RHS Canna Trial where it received the RHS AGM Award. 'Purpurea' was submitted to the same trial by the RHS itself, and failed to win an award. Nuff said!

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'Saladin'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Dark Bronze.
Flower: Pink with silver sheen.

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'Salsa'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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'Semaphore'


Price: £12.00 each
Out of stock

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Rich orange.

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Canna Shenandoah

'Shenandoah'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Pale bronze
Flower: Shocking pink
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. This is an old variety, and one of the most spectacular of the pink varieties.

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Singapore Girl

'Singapore Girl'


Price: £10.00 each
Quantity:

Height: Tall, 2mtrs
Foliage: Very big pale Green leaves
Flower: Tangerine orange.

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Large bright orange flowers, and a tall, bright green plant.


SocBelle

'Society Belle'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

An old variety with a new name and an interesting history. In 2002 RHS Wisley Garden submitted a distinct but un-named cultivar to the canna trial being conducted that year in their trials Area. It was a variety widely grown and even naturalised in the wilder parts of the garden. It had no variety name so they simply called it C. indica cultivar. Within the few summer months of the trial, the 3 rhizomes that they planted grew into an enormous clump, and so impressed the judges that they awarded it the coveted AGM Award.

The following quotation is from the RHS Trial Report published in September 2003: "An excellent foliage plant. The attractively translucent large paddle shaped leaves are green with a fine purple margin and dark stem. Well furnished from the base. Flowers are insignificant and bright red".

This variety then retreated into obscurity, but continued to be grown as a naturalised plant in the RHS Garden. Pan forward to 2013. We had acquired specimens of this plant from the RHS, and we felt that it deserved to be marketed commercially. So we approached the RHS and suggested that a plant with an AGM award should be given a variety name. The RHS duly gave it the variety name 'Society Belle'.

We agree with the RHS report except that that the flower colour is orange not red. This must be an editorial error because they correctly state the colour in the technical part of the report. We add that it is distinct from other big foliage cannas such as 'Musifolia Grande' (ie it is not reminiscent of a banana plant). It is also distnct from fully green leaved varieties such as 'Marabout', and from the fully bronze leaved cannas such as 'Russian Red' and 'Purpurea'.

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Naturalised at Wisley Gardens


South Pacific Ivory

'South Pacific Ivory'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium, 65-80cm
Foliage: Green
Flower: Although called 'Ivory', the colour starts as pale yellow and tuns white in the sun.


South Pacific Orange

'South Pacific Orange'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: 65-80cm
Foliage: Green
Flower: Orange

See notes above


South Pacific Rose

'South Pacific Rose'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: 65-80cm
Foliage: Green
Flower: Pink

See notes above


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'South Pacific Scarlet'


Price (plants): £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: 65-80cm
Foliage: Green
Flower: Orange-red with a touch of yellow in the centre.

See notes above

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Stuttgart

'Stuttgart'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

A very unusual and distinctive canna. One of the tallest cannas, up to 2.5 meters, with narrow glaucous leaves variously striped and splashed with white. Smallish apricot flowers.

The foliage always becomes disfigured by some white areas turning brown, and there seems to be no way of preventing this. Certainly, growing them in the shade doesn't work and neither does high-potash fertiliser, or feeding magnesium (eg Epsom salts) which is sometimes recommended. But even so, it is so vigorous that this minor fault may be overlooked.

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growing wild in Tartagal, northern Argentina


Canna Tali

'Tali'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange.

A tall plant with bronze foliage and distinctive orange flowers.

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Canna Taroudant

'Taroudant'


Price:£10.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Bicolor, Yellow with red blotches.

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Canna Triomphe

'Triomphe'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Red.

A medium tall canna with dark bronze foliage and large orange/red flowers.

An old French variety

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'Tropical Rose'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

The first of the Takii 'Tropical' series.

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: Pink

TROPICAL SERIES

This is a range of 6 varieties bred by Takii in Japan. All are very short (but not as short as the "Happy" series, which see). Fowering at around 0.3 meters to 0.5 meters (12" to 18").

They are suitable as border edging plants, and they can also be grown as pot plants in quite small pots. We recommend a 5 Litre pot (about 8") per plant.

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Tropical Yellow

'Tropical Yellow'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: yellow with pink speckles


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'Tropical Red'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: Red


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'Tropical White'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: White

There are not many white cannas and this is the only one that is short. It is also a good shade of white.


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'Tropical Salmon'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: Salmon


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'Tropical Bronze Scarlet'


Price (Plants): £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Dark Bronze
Flower: Dark red

This is a shorter dwarf dark bronze canna than 'Cannova Bronze Red'


for Tropicanna(TM)
see 'Durban'
For Tropicanna Black(TM) see 'General Eisenhower'
For Tropicanna Gold(TM), see below.

Three varieties marketed by Tesselaar International.
We understand that all three are trademaked names (TM), and that Tropicanna Gold is protected by Plant Breeders Rights in the EU.
We also believe that:
Tropicanna is the same as canna 'Durban'
Tropicanna Black is the same as canna 'General Eisenhower'
and that Tropicanna Gold is identical to canna 'Bethany'


Tropicanna Gold (TM).

Price £12.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green with cream herringbone pattern stripes.
Flower: A bicolour,Orange and yellow.

The foliage of the plant is very similar to the foliage of canna 'Pretoria', except for a fine white line at the erge of the leaf, whereas Pretoria has a fine dark line at the edge of the leaf. The flower is tangerine orange, like 'Pretoria', but with the admixture of yellow. 'Bethany' is a known sport of 'Pretoria' Whereas T Gold is claimed to be separately bred. Our Tropicanna Gold price includes a breeder royalty payment.


Canna Whithelm Pride

'Whithelm Pride'

Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green with a bronze blush with distinctive red stem and leaf veins.
Flower: Damask pink.
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

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The photo below is of a single plant and was taken at the 2002 RHS Canna Trial.
Canna Trial


Canna Wintner's Colossal

'Wintner's Colossal'


Plants, £12.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Very Tall
Foliage: Green
Flower: Orange-red.

A giant canna. Similar in growth to 'Lesotho Lil', but the flower is a more reddish shade of orange.

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Canna Wyoming

'Wyoming'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very tall, over 2 mtrs
Foliage: leathery, very dark.
Flower: large, tangerine orange.
award of merit award of merit

RHS AGM Awards 1906 and 2002.

An old heritage variety which is one of the all-time favourites.


photo at mansion House, London
photo at a park, Channel Isles, Jersey


Canna Yara

'Yara'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium to short
Foliage: Green
Flower: yellow with red speckles.

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Water Cannas

This is a range of 4 varieties which are intended to be grown as water plants. They grow with the roots and crown totally immersed in water, but they can be grown equally well in the garden border, and seem just as drought-hardy as other cannas. They are all tall plants (2 metres).

They were bred in America (at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania) from C. glauca which is always found in shallow water. Like C. glauca, they all have narrow lance shaped glaucous (bluish) foliage, and attractive rather spidery flowers. There are 4 varieies: 'Ra' (yellow), 'Erebus' (pink), 'Endeavour' (red), 'Taney' (orange). All are named after ships (Erebus and Taney are American warships).

'Ra' is the most popular, followed by 'Erebus', and both were awarded AGM at the 2002 Wisley Canna Trial. We served on the Trials Committee (status Technical advisors as owners of the UK National Collection). 'Ra' was very popular with the Committee and was awarded AGM ststus as soon as the first flower opened. 'Erebus somewhat later. In our opinion 'Endeavour' should also have been awarded AGM. 'Taney' is not very good (though beauty is in the eye of the beholder).

In the Britich climate, Water Cannas usually die if left in the outdoor pond over winter. The rhizomes are very slender and often die during the winter even in glasshouses if allowed to go dormant. For this reason we recommend taking them out of the water and growing them through the winter as plants in a frost-free greenhouse. They are happy not standing in water.

Occasionally other canna varieties varieties are encountered with the prefix "Water Canna". These are imposters or wrongly named. In our opinion "Water Canna" refers to these four varieties bred at Longwood Gardens.

WATER CANNAS

Photo of water cannas 'Ra', 'Erebus', 'Endeavour' growing in water
(The pond is hidden)


WATER CANNA 'Ra'

WATER CANNA 'Ra'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very Tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Clear lemon yellow.
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

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WATER CANNA 'Erebus

WATER CANNA 'Erebus'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Pink.
award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.


WATER CANNA 'Endeavour

WATER CANNA 'Endeavour'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very Tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Red.


WATER CANNA 'Taney

WATER CANNA 'Taney'


Price: £10.00 each
Out of stock

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Orange.

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CANNA SPECIES

These are the original wild cannas. They are all native to the tropical Americas. To read more about the natural history of canna species see: Canna Taxonomy

If anyone has canna species that we don't have we would be grateful if they would get in touch with us.


Canna compacta

C. compacta

Also known as 'Robert Kemp'



See Robert Kemp.

Height: Medium
Foliage: green. Distinct.
Flower: orange, compact.


C. flaccida

C. flaccida


Plants: £10.00 each
Out of stock. We hope to have it available in the spring.

Soft pale green foliage and large flaccid yellow flowers the texture of tissue paper. Enormous seed pods. Medium height.

Night flowering, pollinated by moths, and reputedly fragrant. We find the scent difficult to detect. Believed to be in the parentage of many floral varieties. It is native to the Florida Everglades where it is known as "Bandana of the Everglades". One of our contacts says you usually find it where you find alligators. It normally grows in shallow water although it will grow equally well in the garden border.

A collectors item, we find it needs hot conditions to flower. In the UK it performs better in a greenhouse than outdoors where the buds often turn to mildew. Each flower lasts barely more than a day.

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C. glauca

C. glauca



Price £10.00 each.
Quantity:

A deservedly popular garden plant. A medium height canna which has distinctive narrow glaucous-green foliage. Fairly large pale yellow spidery but attractive flowers.

Native and common throughout the sub-tropical americas from the southern USA to Chile and northern Argentina, and in the West Indies. It is usually found growing in shallow water.

It will grow equally well in the garden border or as a water plant in the pond, though the slener rhizomes are readily killed by frost, so in the UK it must be taken indoors for the winter.

This species is the parent of the "Water Cannas"

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C. indica sanctae rosea


Price £10.00 each
Out of stock

Height short to medium. Foliage bright green. A tiny flowered subspecies of C. indica. The flowers are yellow with red speckles particularly on the labellum. The flowers are carried high over the foliage.


C. jacobiniflora

C. jacobiniflora


Price £10.00 each
Out of stock
We hope to have it available in the spring.

Discovered in Argentina as recently as 1988. A fairly tall canna with orange flowers which remain almost closed. The species name jacobiniflora means the flowers are hooded like a Jacobin monk's hood.


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C. jaegeriana

Out of stock
We hope to have it available in the spring.

A tall plant with green foliage and small but distinctive orange flowers. Native to various islands in the West Indies. Rather more tender than other cannas.

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C. paniculata



Out of stock

Tall plant with green paddle-shaped foliage. We find it rather more tender than other cannas.


C. patens

C. patens

Also known as C. limbata, C. braziliensis


Plants, Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

A small wiry plant with small green leaves and rather slender stems. Very floriferous. Attractive bi-coloured flowers.

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C. turckheimii

C. tuerckheimii


Price £10.00
Out of stock
We hope to have it available in the spring.

Very big pale green plant with giant leaves and tubular orange flowers. Makes a good foliage plant. We find it rather more tender than other cannas. Our stock came from Belize.


C. warszewiczii

C. warszewiczii


Plants, Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

A very attractive fairly short species with olive-green wavy-edged leaves and small but brilliant red flowers. It is garden-worthy both for flowers and foliage. The red seed pods are also distinctive. It is a prolific producer of seed, and is better propagated from seed than division. Seed sown early in the year will flower the same year.

There is some confusion about the name. The taxonomist Tanaka, in his monograph, names it C. indica ssp warszewiczii ; The taxonomist Maas, in her monograph, claims that it is simply a variety of C. indica. It is quite a unique and distinct canna which needs its own name so we will stick with the name C. warszewiczii, which is complicated enough.

To hear the way the name is pronounced you need to listen to a Polish speaker (It was named for the Polish botanist Prof Warszewicz). The nearest an English tongue can get to it is "var-shay-vishi-eye".

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