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PlantFiles: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'Madame Butterfly'

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

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
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:

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive beverlygranger On Sep 16, 2003, beverlygranger from Sulphur, LA wrote:

Grows well in zone 9 but needs some shade here.

Positive Abutilon On Jan 27, 2003, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Large and lovely soft flowers above broad medium green foliage.
Medium height.
This canna performs well for me zone 6.
But friends growing in hot climate report flowers browning in the heat and humidity mid summer.


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

Goodyear, Arizona
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Sumter, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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