Hardiness: USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Variegated Burgundy Smooth-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds 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: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel Scarify seed before sowing
Seed Collecting: Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On May 19, 2006, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This has been one of the hardiest and most spectacular of my Cannas as far as foliage. Mine makes small red flowers followed by seed pods bearing typical "indian shot" seed. Mine has topped out at a little over 6 ft. in full sun in a place that doesn't receive much water, but the ground does retain more moisture in that area. The stalks are very sturdy, but can get a bit heavy sometimes and may need occasional staking against high wind. It's one of my absolute favorites.
On Jul 7, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:
for years, after a heavy rain, I would have little shoots of something pop up in the back of my yard, then die back again. Looked like a garden plant rather than a weed and finally last year, after heavy rain when they again sprouted, I transplanted to a part-shade area that gets regular water to see if they'd grow and if they were something I'd like. They immediately shot up and within a couple of months flowered. After flowering, swollen, warty 1" fruits develope with black globous seeds. Took me a while to identify (the few canna I'd seen have big frilly flowers and the petals on these are very slender). This plant is from S.Amer. flowers are bright yellow or red. Mine is bright yellow with some red splatters(more like vertical dashes). 7 mos after transpalnt they are 4'-5' high and spread rapidly by sending new shoots up from underground.Here in hawaii the seeds are used in leis and rattles.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Arroyo Grande, California Brandon, Florida Fort Myers, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Niceville, Florida Wesley Chapel South, Florida Kailua, Hawaii Hometown, Illinois St Charles, Illinois Davenport, Iowa Barbourville, Kentucky Fordoche, Louisiana Kemp Mill, Maryland Clinton Township, Michigan Marietta, Mississippi Roswell, New Mexico Beaufort, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Muskogee, Oklahoma Houston, Texas Shepherd, Texas Chesapeake, Virginia