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PlantFiles: Orange-flowered Variegated Canna Lily
Canna americanallis var. variegata 'Pretoria'

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: americanallis var. variegata
Cultivar: Pretoria
Additional cultivar information: (aka Praetoria, Bengal Tiger, Austriostriata)

Synonym:Canna x generalis

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral poeciliopsis On Feb 27, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- the Pretoria variety of canna is a very aggressive one. It eliminated several other plants in the bed, including other canna varieties. It requires frequent removal of sprouts that crowd the front edge of the bed or invade the adjacent Bermuda grass. The bed is at the base of a pecan tree and a lot of plants won't grow there due to adverse effects from the tree, but the cannas don't seem to mind. Despite their reputation as liking water, these get water only every other week in summer and none in winter. They freeze to the ground in the winter.

Positive TomPrestonMD On Apr 17, 2013, TomPrestonMD from Preston, MD wrote:

Has come back in my z7b garden for 4 years now. I do nothing to Protect them. Also have Stuttgart and Tropicanna both have also been hardy at my home. Humming birds like to visit them also a plus.

Positive christmascactus On Nov 22, 2009, christmascactus wrote:

Beautiful foliage. This is one of my favorite cannas.
The flowers are pretty but I grow it for it's beautiful leaves.

Positive WillowWasp On Jul 2, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Another Canna beauty with it's striking leaves and bright flowers. Can't be beat, this one is my favorite of all the colored leaved Canna's

Neutral uglybug On Jun 17, 2007, uglybug from Foley, AL wrote:

My canna lily 'Pretoria'has beautiful flowers--when it flowers. I am a beginner with this plant, and after the orange flowers dry up and drop off, there is left a ball-shaped, what I call a "seed pod" below where the flower grew.

The plant is not doing very well. It is in full sun and I keep it well watered.

Positive Lhouselover On Apr 27, 2007, Lhouselover from Arley, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love cannas and this is my first year for this and I can't wait for it grow and start blooming for me...

Positive sladeofsky On May 19, 2006, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had this plant undisturbed in the same spot for five years in zone 6. It has flourished and multiplied each year.

Positive BUFFY690 On May 19, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a focal canna in my collection, I love these as a little something different

Positive aking1a On Sep 19, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

In Baton Rouge, leaf rollers are a fierce competitor to cannas in general. I have found that Bengal Tiger is at least more resistant to leaf rollers. All of my other cannas look pretty sad this year even with a vigorous systemic bug attack on my part. Bengal Tiger still sports great foliage and it has been blooming all thru late spring to early fall. It also spreads fairly quickly compared to most other cannas.

Positive Abutilon On Feb 16, 2003, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bengal Tiger (aka Pretoria) is one of the very best variegated foliage cannas. Gorgeous blooms, but sometimes the flowers are cut off so they don't distract from the foliage.

One of my very first cannas ..and will always be a favourite. Easy to grow and always lovely. Just can't beat the beauty of this canna! Heirloom canna, probably originated from India (why it's also known as 'Bengal Tiger'.)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (3 reports)
Arley, Alabama
Auburn, Alabama
Montevallo, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Burlingame, California
Capistrano Beach, California
Chowchilla, California
Clayton, California
Del Mar, California
Fairfield, California
Fallbrook, California
Fresno, California
Laguna Beach, California
Long Beach, California
Pleasanton, California
Portola Valley, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jacinto, California
San Jose, California
Clifton, Colorado
Clearwater, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Wesley Chapel, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia (2 reports)
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Deridder, Louisiana
Franklinton, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
Preston, Maryland
Flowood, Mississippi
Maben, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Elk City, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Georgetown, South Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Coppell, Texas
Dickinson, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Mc Dade, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Webster, Texas
Layton, Utah
Jonesville, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
West Bend, Wisconsin

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