|Heat- and sun-loving plants, Canna's brightly colored spikes of flowers and bold banana-like leaves create a dramatic, tropical effect. Varieties range from very dwarf (18-20 inches) to tall (more than 4 feet) plants, with red, yellow, orange, apricot, salmon, white, bicolor, spotted and streaked flowers. Use dwarf Cannas as bedding plants or in large containers as accents. Use leaves in flower arrangements, though cut flowers do not last. Plant rhizomes after soil has warmed. Best in rich soils with plenty of moisture. Some varieties are grown in water or very wet soils. In Zones 7 and colder, dig up rhizomes in fall, and store them in a moist, frost-free place.
Self-naturalizing in mild climates, it needs moist soil to produce summer blooms. In colder regions, dig up rhizomes in fall and store through winter. Variegated leaves distinguish it.
Attributes - Canna x generalis 'Variegata'
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Purple, Yellow
Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Beetles, Black Spot, Root Rot.