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Canna x generalis 'Ermine'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
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)

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive azreno On May 10, 2007, azreno from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is my first year growing this and I have to add how well these flowers hold up to the heat. I have a red canna 4' from this plant and it's flowers are wilting on the first day (and it's only the beginning of May!!) but Ermine's flowers are lasting so long I'm not sure how long it is, at least a week. This is in full AZ sun and getting watered like other plants. The flowers open up fully, it's just beautiful.

Positive vossner On Nov 4, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My tender young plant purchased this summer was decimated by leaf rollers. I was so annoyed. But it has come back and bloomed in Nov 06. Beautiful plant! Look forward to its expansion in seasons to come.

OCT 2013. Continues to be among my top 3 fave cannas. I transplanted to a bright shade location and while it is blooming, it is not expanding as when it was in full sun.

Positive mygardens On Jul 27, 2006, mygardens from Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is my first year with this variety of canna. I planted them on a wet bank of a pond and they are blooming well and putting up new shoots. They are very showy and visible from the house across the pond which is about 100 yards and the white flower reflects nicely in the water. It will be quite a show in a few years after they spread, but in this climate I dig up all my canna for the winter.

Positive CannaGrwr On Jul 3, 2003, CannaGrwr wrote:

This is the best canna of all my cannas in my garden. Well worth the fourty dollars for one bulb I paid 10 years back. It really stands out being so white!, very good grower, short hight not more than 3 ft. tall. And best of all, it's the only one of my cannas that will bloom when others are dormant for the winter here in southern california, had it blooming even into January one year, while all other cannas where asleep for the winter. Now 10 years later I have four pots full. Very clean plants.

Positive Abutilon On Oct 4, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the best 'white' cannas. In good weather, flowers are truely white.
A very lovely good blooming dwarf white canna (o:


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

Mesa, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Croton On Hudson, New York
Richmond, Texas

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