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PlantFiles: Bandana of the Everglades, Golden Canna
Canna flaccida

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: flaccida (FLA-sih-duh) (Info)

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2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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6 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jayfro6 On Mar 31, 2008, jayfro6 from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

Last summer, I pulled 6 golden cannas out of a ditch not too far from Old Town, FL actually. Now I have 15! I love natives and have found these more rewarding than the $20 cannas from the store. They are my "high maintenance" natives since they aren't very drought tolerant.

Neutral ardesia On Oct 11, 2007, ardesia from Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This one was terribly invsive for me and I had to remove it. Normally I love the natives but I would love to know what would keep this one in check in it's natural environment.

Positive 1cros3nails4gvn On Sep 1, 2007, 1cros3nails4gvn from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

tropical looking native to South Carolina beautiful when grown with pickerel weed, another native. grows in spreading clumps into shallow water and lower banks of ditches, lagoons, swamps, drainage ponds... anywhere!

Neutral frostweed On Mar 2, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bandana of the Everglades, Golden Canna Canna flaccida is Native to Texas and other States.

Positive xyris On Sep 1, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

In the wild, this is a common and often dominant ground cover plant in swamps, particularly when it gets enough sunlight (as when the swamp shrubs and trees get burned out). However, in a common garden situation in central Florida, I find it to spread no more rapidly than any of the Canna x generalis hybrids commonly grown, and its light lemon yellow color is a nice addition to my Canna collection.

Neutral suncatcheracres On Aug 31, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This is the only canna native to Florida, and I would hesitate to plant this particular canna, as beautiful as it is, in a garden setting. I live near the Mallory Swamp in Northcentral Florida, which burned in a spectacular fire several years ago, threatening to take out several towns and burn all the way to the Gulf, thirty miles to the West, but a shift in the wind saved the towns. Our local Suwannee Audubon Club recently took a tour of parts of the swamp to see how regrowth was progressing and noted that there are literally acres of this canna now growing there. A newspaper article in a local paper about the Club's trip also noted that this canna's seed can live for over 600 years, and is activated by fire. So if you plant it, you'll have it--always.

Also my Florida native plant book notes " . . . a single plant will freely sucker and quickly cover a surprisingly large patch of ground. Since it is such a bold and rapidly spreading plant, the golden canna can scarcely be recommended for small garden settings unless suitable means are found to constrain it." (Rufinio Osorio, A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native plants) So unless you have a bulldozer, I would hesitate before planting this in the Deep South. Osorio also notes that the flowers are short lived and will wither by late mornings.

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant produces showy yellow flowers and is a great addition to the water garden. Skipper caterpillars will use this plant as a host plant. I keep mine in pots to prevent them from sprawling too much. The plant is cold-sensitive and will die back to the roots during a frost or freeze.

Positive lupinelover On Aug 12, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Tubers multiply but not invasively; can be overwintered outdoors in cooler zones if heavily mulched, but best to dig and store rhizomes until end of winter. Let them dry in the sun for several days before storing in dry peat to prevent rotting.

Positive Abutilon On Jun 17, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Canna flaccida is easy to grow as both an aquatic and in soil. A very pretty species canna (o:


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

Glendale, California
Richmond, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Kinston, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Bluffton, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

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