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PlantFiles: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'Lucifer'

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 5, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I've had this devilish plant for years now..until recently always in pots. Now that its in ground,its a fine looking blueish leafed plant in part sun. I don't see many planted out around town..well,none. So,its a nice contrast to the many big Canna's around town with those huge Iris like flowers.
Most years it evergreen,taking light frosts or even a 32f morn. A bonus.

Negative jthorne On Jul 10, 2009, jthorne from Inman, SC wrote:

The first year blooms are more yellow/salmon color. I'm disappointed that they aren't fire red like in some pictures. That's what I wanted when I ordered them.

Positive MacSuibhne On Feb 20, 2007, MacSuibhne from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Prolific blooms, anytime there's a good rain. The freezes didn't kill it, either.

Positive Suze_ On Apr 3, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Attactive border canna, compact, vivid blooms.

Positive BUFFY690 On Sep 21, 2004, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought some rhizomes from Parks sale this year and did not know where to place them. Finally I put them in a pot on my deck. I did not have any blooms this year, but the plant looked great, and I am still hoping. I think I am going to add mor potted cannas out there next year along with my hibiscuses. Next year I am hoping to come across some canna intrigue and china doll. for contrast

Positive julie88 On Sep 19, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

The Lucifer Dwarf Canna was added to my collection in the spring of 2004. I received nice tubers from the Park's Seed company but had no idea the plant itself would be so robust and eyecatching! The flower heads are enormous, long lasting and I have new shoots from each of the original that's what I call a bargin!

Even though I have to lift the tubers in my zone (4b) for the winter, this one is well worth the extra effort.

Positive ign On May 30, 2003, ign from Hayward, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This canna split the plastic container in just one year. Think it wants to GROW! Canna's do great here in No. Ca. I had flowers almost all winter.

Neutral Bug_Girl On Apr 26, 2003, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Masses of medium-sized bicolor red and yellow flowers. Medium green leaves. Heirloom canna. Shorter medium height.


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

Goodyear, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Fresno, California
Glen Avon, California
Hayward, California
Santa Barbara, California
Walnut Creek, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Halifax, Massachusetts
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Inman, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Pickens, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Perrin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Springtown, Texas
Muscoda, Wisconsin

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