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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.
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Height - 1.8m (6ft)
Spread - 50cm (20in)
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - erect, rhizomatous perennial. Orchid-like flowers 8cm (3in) across
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Full sun - sheltered site. Water freely during dry spells.
Additional Features - Good to know - - deadhead to promote continued flowering. Suitable for container growing
Pests & Diseases - outdoors - slugs, caterpillars. Under glass - red spider mites.
Place of origin - Asia, tropical North and South America.
Flower Shape - Racemes -
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Leaf Colour (if not green) - Purple -
Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
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