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Canna x generalis 'Cattleya'

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Cattleya

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Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
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)

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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suncatcheracres On Aug 18, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

Yellow cannas are a native plant here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b. About two years ago we had a huge fire in the nearby Mallory Swamp that destroyed many hundreds of acres of logged over cypress swamp that was mostly planted in pine. After this huge fire, which almost burned across several small towns to the Gulf of Mexico, the State of Florida took over the burned out area and is now trying to restore it to a cypress swamp and nature preserve. The Suwannee Audubon group recently took a trip to see how the swamp was progressing and reported acres of yellow cannas growing in the burned over swamp. Apparently the seed can live for over 600 years and is activated by fire! Very strange for a swamp plant. But it's not surprising cannas can handle lots of water, given their origin.

Positive xyris On Aug 17, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I found this canna in a vacant lot with a lot of discarded plants from gardens nearby. I knew it was going to be a good performer by how well it was doing with neglect. I am relying on the picture by Abutilon for my identification of my plant (photo uploaded as well).

It is 6 feet tall in my garden, in soggy saturated mucky sands in a poorly drained swale, having had its feet wet almost constantly for over two months with 25 inches of rain, and it still is flowering!

Positive Abutilon On Sep 28, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Excellent lovely very showy heirloom canna. Strong grower.
Taller medium height,


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

San Pedro, California
Sebring, Florida
Coushatta, Louisiana
Norco, Louisiana
Keene, Texas

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