I was recently asked to post ugly canna plants. I have tons of hybrids and many are very beautiful others look fairly common but their are a few I would consider ugly. This first one I am not sure what is wrong with it. It first produced beautiful red flowers but has sense been producing flowers which I cannot really describe. They almost look like the foliage.
The ugly cannas
Well for the most part cannas are not ugly plants and you have to search to find ugly ones. Here is a picture of my older hybrid field. I have plucked out just about all the nice cannas still a handful left but most look similar to species with tall spikes very small flowers and nothing really much to offer besides some foliage. Many of these I am getting rid of to people interested in growing them for next to nothing. They have been picked through enough.
Bout time!! I was beginning to think you would just point at the fields and say I want this, grow for me!!! And poof, there it is. LOL. The middle one ain't too bad. Could have been worse. The first 2 though, well, they are butt ugly. LOL.
It might be funny to think of names for ugly cannas.
baboons brother or
yellow ...humble bert
(Instead of yellow king humbert)
I was thinking that first rosy colored one resembles some kinds of water plants that grow around here. I think if that one had more petal they could be interesting looking.
This message was edited Aug 26, 2006 1:12 PM
Pretty and neat I think. It kind of reminds me of hydrangeas in a way with canna foilage.
Suprized this topic is back up. I may have more photos in the archives of canna photos I keep on my computer 8,000 photos and counting of just cannas.
This is just one of those plants that really makes you mad. The foliage was more than amazing possibly some of the best foliage I have seen on a canna. I wait most the summer for it to show me that it has a danty ugly flower. So disappointing.
LOL. I get a good laugh out of them. This one isn't too bad. Just dull looking.
I like the flower in the post at 6:27 pm, CDT. The foliage does look very nice on that plant and it could certainly be sold as a foliage plant. If you don't like the flowers you can always cut them off. You'll still be left with very nice foliage.
Do you know what the cross was? Try it again and see if you get similar foliage and better flowers. It's worth a shot.
I am just beginning to get into Cannas. I need to find C. musifolia. I just purchased some seed to see what I end up with.
Please keep the pics coming.
nice foliage, may be worth another try!
The flowers aren't bad, just kinda squirrely
Some people might grow that just for the foliage-
Was it tall or short?
I don't know, i like the colors. Probably look worse in person.
Well I beiieve it is a tetraploid and it is probably sterile. I think if I do the same hybrid a 100 times I will not get the results we see here. The foliage is really nice but at times it changes and cannot be completely stable. Many times the leaves are forked at the ends very odd. This will be the second year growing it out full.
ok, it's ugly. LOL. For once I can flat out say that.
I love it!
It's a good thing I plant bright stuff at the back yard!lol
Really is beautiful coloration to the leaf, though
It's better than pink leaves. LOL. Hey Brian, ever tried to make a pink leafed canna?? Bet that would be a sight to see!
I llove Ti plants, so the thought of that pink foliage being perennial......drool...
LOL! Not in my yard!! That's actutally a nice pink.
Beautiful! Absolutely stunning!!
I'm so weird but I could absolutely see my yard dotted with those!
Outta there Phaison!
LOL. I'm not a pink person so I keep it limited around here. But I do like it in that canna leaf. That's a nice shade.
Wow, one day,
we'll be able to have pink leafed cannas with big, white blooms!
Or better yet, purple blooms!
pep, I love cannas- Have so many red and yellow already.
just can't plant too much orange anymore (we have enough road construction in this state to exhaust anyone on orange-or direct traffic into your back yard)
It's hard to find a true pink canna. It seems like most are peachy, salmon, coral.
I dislike pink (darn sure don't wear it) just about everywhere but my garden, funny enough.
Have you tried for a golden leaved plant? I saw one linked in the cannas forum somewhere. I think a golden leaved plant would look really well paired with a dark purple leaved plant like 'Australia'.
I grow a number of dwarf conifers and I am thinking of using Cannas as a backdrop to some of my blue needled cultivars to show them off.
Oooh, a golden leaf. I like!!
Trop- This will be my first year for blooming cannas. Had cannas last year but they got planted too late and never got to bloom. I have red and red/yellow for sure. I also have some that were given to me but don't know the colors yet. I can't wait til I can get them outside!!