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Canna x generalis 'tropicanna'

Pronunciation: Kan-uh jen-er-ray-liss
Family: Cannaceae
Common Name: Canna
Cultivar: Tropicanna
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • bulb, tuber, corm
Height to: 6 feet
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
  • early autumn
  • repeat bloomer
Bloom Description: Orange, red-orange, yellow, red, gold
Soil Type: Well-drained rich or sandy soil
  • No
Plant Perks:
  • Suitable for Houseplant
  • Easy to Grow/Ideal for Children
  • Container Gardening
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies
Pests and Diseases: Canna leaf roller, slugs and snails, red spider mites, japanese beetles, canna rust, canna virus, botrytis
Propagation: Seeds, division of rhizomes, tissue culture
Native to: Tropical and subtropical regions of the new world, from the southern united states (southern south carolina west to southern texas) and south to northern argentina.
Notes for Identification: From wikipedia: one of the world's richest starch sources and an agricultural plant. Also stems and foliage are usedfor animal fodder, young shoots as a vegetable and young seeds as an addition to tortillas. Seeds can be used for jewelry and for musical instruments. In india, cannas are fermented to produce alcohol. The plant yields a fibre - from the stem - it is used as a jute substitute. The fibre that is taken from the leaves is used for making paper. The leaves are harvested in late summer after the plant has flowered, they are scraped to remove the outer skin and are then soaked in water for 2 hours prior to cooking. The fibres are cooked for 24 hours with lye and then beaten in a blender. They make a light tan brown papera purple dye can be made from the seed and the smoke from burning the leaves is said to be insecticidal. Can absorb pollutants from wetland habitats has they have a high tolerance for them. Are used as a traditional father's day gift in thailand. Source - wikipedia.
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