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CANNA

Commonly known as Canna lily, Indian shot plant

All flower JUL-AUG

Genus of about 50 species of perennials from forest margins and moist open areas in forests in Asia and tropical North and South America.

If protected from frost they are easily grown to flowering requiring an  average 6-8 hours sunlight over summer.

The rhizomes are rich sources of starch and have been used as foodstuff historically and was once a staple food crop in Peru and Ecuador.

Hundreds of hybrids exist from complex crosses and distinction between them has become blurred.

Further Reading....

  • Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - rhizomatous perennials. Grown for the large, paddle-shaped leaves, 30-60cm (12-24in) long, and colourful, lily-like flowers
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
  • Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here. - in greenhouse use loamless potting compost. Allow full light but shade from hot sun.
  • Full sun - sheltered site.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - deadhead to promote continued flowering. Curious name refers to the dense, black seeds which resemble the lead shot ammunition used in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Pests & Diseases - outdoors - slugs, caterpillars. Under glass - red spider mites.
  • Place of origin - Asia, tropical North and South America.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -

Buy Varieties of CANNA

CANNA 'Picasso'   AWARD

CANNA 'Picasso'  >


Commonly known as: Canna lily, Indian shot plant.
Yellow, speckled with reddish brown
Multibuy Any 3+ for £10 each
£12.50 each
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Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.

CANNA 'Red King Humbert'

CANNA 'Red King Humbert'  >


Commonly known as: Canna lily, Indian shot plant.
Striking scarlet-red
Multibuy Any 3+ for £10 each
£12.50 each
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Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.

CANNA 'Striata'   AWARD

CANNA 'Striata'  >


Commonly known as: Canna lily, Indian shot plant.
(syn. 'Bengal Tiger', 'Pretoria') - orange. Yellow-green foliage
Multibuy Any 3+ for £10 each
£12.50 each
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Available autumn 2020 -

CANNA 'Tropicanna Black'

CANNA 'Tropicanna Black'  >


Commonly known as: Canna lily, Indian shot plant.
Scarlet flowers fading to orange. Purple-black foliage
Multibuy Any 3+ for £10 each
£12.50 each

CANNA 'Tropicanna Gold'

CANNA 'Tropicanna Gold'  >


Commonly known as: Canna lily, Indian shot plant.
Yellow flowers edged orange. Green-gold striped foliage
Multibuy Any 3+ for £10 each
£12.50 each

CANNA 'Wyoming'   AWARD

CANNA 'Wyoming'  >


Commonly known as: Canna lily, Indian shot plant.
Tangerine-orange flowers
Multibuy Any 3+ for £10 each
£12.50 each
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Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.

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