A great canna to start with if you’re convinced you hate them is ‘Madame Paul Caseneuve’, from 1902. The pearly-bronze leaves and almost purple stems of this 3- to 5-foot-tall antique beauty are the perfect foil for its elegant, sensual flowers of soft pink shading to peach and apricot.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsBeautiful leaves, stems, and flowers make the heirloom canna 'Madame Paul Caseneuve' an elegant garden addition.
CareFertile soil, full sun. Water freely in dry weather and deadhead regularly. Where not hardy, lift after frost in autumn and store in a frost-free location in barely damp peat or leaf mold. In a greenhouse, cannas need full light with shade from hot sun. Water freely and fertilize during the growth stage.
PropagationTo aid in sprouting, chip seeds or soak in warm water for 24 hours, and then sow at 70°F in spring or autumn. Divide in spring, and then pot up at 61 °F, wateringly lightly at first.
ProblemsSlugs, snails, spider mites, and caterpillars may be problematic, while rust, fungal leaf spot, and bacterial blight are common. In addition, bean yellow mosaic, and tomato spotted wilt viruses can occur.
- Genus : Canna
- Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
- Uses : Containers
- Light : Full Sun
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest