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Canna - Canna Lily

Why don't we see more Cannas planted in gardens? This magnificent bulb produces gorgeous spikes of flowers attaining a height of two to four feet. Canna is divided into two groups. The green leaf group and the multi color leaf group. The image below depicts C. generalis. The common name for this plant is Canna Lily. This beauty attains a height of four feet, with bright orange flowers that bloom in late summer.

Canna Orange

The leaves that sprout up from this bulb are as beautiful as the flower. The leaves are tinged with green, orange, yellow, gold, wine and peach. Canna leaves are sensational and the Canna Lily creates a focal point for any landscaping theme.

Canna Colored Leaves

Canna is planted in June. Space the plants approximately twelve inches apart and realize the height attained will be anywhere from two to four feet. The site must contain humus rich soil and sun. These components are essential for your Canna to thrive and achieve their potential bloom size and height. Canna is a real show stopper when used as a centerpiece in a garden bed.

The image below depicts the green leaf group of Canna. I planted both varieties as I am awestruck over Canna. This Canna has a vibrant red bloom with yellow fringing and large blooms. Canna is available in white, yellow, orange, pink and blue. You will not be disappointed if you plant Canna in your garden this year as the reward is a late summer bloomer that runs fierce competition with Dahlias.

Canna Red

Canna Lilies may be stored during the winter months in the same fashion as Dahlias. The rhizome is lifted from the garden bed in autumn, dried and then stored in peat for the winter months. For particulars on storing your Canna rhizome please refer to my Dahlia section.

Did you know that Cannas provide one of the richest starch sources in the world? Cannas rhizome has many uses and the rhizome is the portion of the plant which is rich in starch. The foliage from Cannas is used for animal feed and the seeds are utilized as beads when making jewelry. In some areas Cannas are fermented to make alcohol. The leaves contain a fiber which is used to make paper. The joys of gardening are endless and the knowledge gained is significant.

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