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Golden Canna

Canna flaccida

The Golden Canna is a large showy tropical-looking herbaceous plant that originates from the edges of marshes, ponds and lakes. This species of Canna is where all ornamental species derive from. This species has long-lasting flowers and attractive foliage. It can make a spectacular spectacle when grown in just about any garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest tall flower-stalks in mid-summer months for flower arrangements. Harvest seeds in autumn and sow as soon as possible or after the last cold spell of winter.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in Autumn. Sow the seeds 30 cm apart and at a depth of 1 cm. The tough seed coat needs to be sacrificed (scratched or worn​ down) for the seed to germinate.
Division
Divide clumps after flower, cut back and replant. Or wait until dormant to divide.
Suckers
Break off new suckers and replant spaced away from the motherplant.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds are the main pollinators of Canna.
Drought resistant
This species can tolerate drought conditions once the plant is fully adapted to its micro-climate.
Wet sites
This species is known as a marginal plant and can tolerate periods of being submerged.
Attractive flowers
This species has clusters of large yellow flowers.
Attractive leaves
Large green leaves.

Geography

Origin
Tropical America and Asia.
Natural climate
Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Cannaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

There are quite a few pests and dieases listed that attack Canna, but none have caused serious problems.

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