The genus Canna is characterized by large, alternate leaves with prominent veins (dark colored or variegated in some hybrids). Attractive racemes or panicles of bright flowers emerge in summer and repeat for several months.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge tropical leaves and brightly colored, soft-petaled flowers.
CarePlant in full sun. Where not hardy, lift rhizomes in late fall and store in a frost-free location in barely moist peat or leaf mold.
PropagationDivide rhizomes into pieces with prominent eyes.
ProblemsSlugs, snails, caterpillars, and spider mites. Rust, leaf spot, and bacterial blight are common.