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Commonly known as Canna lily, Indian shot plant
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.
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennialRhizomatous perennials. Grown for the large, paddle-shaped leaves, 30-60cm (12-24in) long, and colourful, lily-like flowers
HerbaceousEarly 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 locationsThis 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 sunSheltered site.
Additional FeaturesExotic plantsGood to knowDeadhead 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 & DiseasesOutdoors - slugs, caterpillars. Under glass - red spider mites.Place of originAsia, tropical North and South America.
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
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Buy Varieties of CANNA
tubular red flowers, green leaves
(syn. 'Bengal Tiger', 'Pretoria') - orange. Yellow-green foliage
scarlet flowers fading to orange. Purple-black foliage
orange and green striped leaves with orange flowers
yellow flowers edged orange. Green-gold striped foliage