Canna Lilies

With it’s bright coloured flowered and decorative foliage Canna Lilies are a perfect addition to any garden.  While it can be naturalized in areas that receive 6-8 hours of bright sunlight and in some tropical countries it is actually considered invasive we are more familiar with these plant as ones you replant each Spring and in the fall dig up the rhizomes and overwinter in a cool dark area. Though some people will shy away from plants like these that require a little extra care Canna’s are the perfect filler for areas in you garden that may have long gaps of foliage heavy bloom sparse times.  These are also great plants to consider using in containers and planters that brighten up any front walk or porch.

The Canna Lily also has many practical uses.  The rhizomes are high in starch and have agricultural importance.  The seeds are edible and are used in dyes while the leaves can be dried and produced into paper products.  Canna Lilies are also used in Thailand as a traditional Father’s Day gift.

The plants rhizomes can be divided each Spring before they are replanted.

Canna Lily

Canna sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist, well draining
  • Height: 2-6′
  • Width: up to 3′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Colour: Rose, pink,red, yellow, orange
  • Foliage Colour: Yellow, red, green, variegated
  • Pests and Disease: Snails, slugs, caterpillars, bacterial bud
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, containers, privacy
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage, fragrant, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Zone: 9-11

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