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GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2011
1:37 AM

Post #8405811

Hello. Does anyone know if there are any varieties of canna that are fragrant? Thanks!
Michelle
Abutilon
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 5, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8409267

Cannas are not fragrant. Well, so far anyhow .. :)
bwilliams
Louisville, KY

March 6, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8410938

A species in Chile with white to green flowers is said to have a slight soap like fragrance.
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 6, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8411053

Green flower oh I would be on that waiting list!! Scented would be fantastic also, hopefully it's not a myth
Abutilon
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 6, 2011
8:09 PM

Post #8411142

That is supposed to be true, but no one has successfully gotten it to grow out of habitat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna_liliiflora
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2011
11:31 PM

Post #8411263

Hmmm, a soapy scent? Not sure about that... guess that depends on what kind of soap it smelled like :) Interesting though.
Well, I hadn't heard of any cannas being fragrant, but I thought I'd ask just in case something was available after all.
I do most of my gardening in containers. Most of these containers are on a deck where company doesn't usually see them, so I'm wanting to grow flowers that I can use as cut flowers. That way, I can bring them in to share with others. And since I can't see, I'm leaning more toward growing fragrant flowers or those with interesting shapes or textures. I understand that the canna flowers don't work so well as cut flowers, but I have heard that the canna leaves can be used in a vase. However, I've never tried it. I'm not sure where to cut them.
Anyway, my cannas desperately need thinning, and I want to use the container for other plants. I'm considering keeping one of the tubers, but giving the others away for postage. Perhaps I can plant the one I keep in a container to keep where company will be able to see it and enjoy it. It won't be as warm/sunny as where it is now, but I'll see how it does.
Thanks for your replies!
Michelle
Abutilon
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 18, 2011
9:08 AM

Post #8434337

Canna blooms can be used as cut flowers, but they will only last for one day. If only an immediate bouquet is needed, they work great :)
Leaves, however, will last a long time are are excellent used in arrangements.
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 18, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8434740

Hi, Abutilon.
Good to know about the flowers, though I like flowers to last longer if I'm putting them in a vase, especially if I don't have many of them.
The leaves on the cannas I have join to the main stalk almost immediately (not much stem between the leaf itself and the stalk). Where do you cut them for use in an arrangement?
Thanks!
Michelle

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