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Canna, Indian Shot

Canna x generalis

Canna's large, colorful flowers and tropical foliage fill unique roles in the landscape.  Its rapid growth rate and density make it useful as a living screen, while its tolerance of some drought and standing water make it a good solution for areas prone to flooding.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Canna x generalis

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Canna x generalis Plant Information

Scientific Name: Canna x generalis
Common Name: canna

canna lily

Indian shot
Family: Cannaceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders, container plantings
Plant Form: upright, spreading
Height: 6 feet (standard)

3 feet (dwarf)
Spread: 1.5 - 2 feet
Foliage: glabrous, ovate, large green leaves

coarse-textured foliage

some cultivars have varigated foliage that is as colorful as the flowers
Flower: large, 4-8" flowers in white, ivory, yellow, orange, pink, coral, salmon, red, or bicolor racemes
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: light shade - full sun
Water: medium water requirement

tolerates drought once established

tolerates some standing water
Soil: prefers moist soil with high organic matter
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 8 - 11
Native Range: India
Maintenance: remove faded flowers/stalks

may freeze

prone to wind damage

rapid growth rate

propagation by seed, division, or rhizomes

plant rhizomes 5" deep, 10" apart
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to leaf-rolling caterpillars
Additional Notes: use in groups as background or screen

tolerance of poorly-drained soil makes it a good solution for boggy areas

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