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PlantFiles: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'President'

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: President
Additional cultivar information: (aka Mr. President)

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

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


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:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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8 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Jan 11, 2015, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

President Canna blooms here from late Spring until mid Fall. It provides 6 months of color for me and as long as I plant flowers, I will make room for it because it is easy to maintain and especially easy to enjoy.

Positive TexasDollie On Mar 24, 2013, TexasDollie from Windcrest, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The hubs and I planted these at our first place in 1994...and as the military moved us all over the states, we dragged them with us. The only place they didn't go was Montana--I had a friend here in TX plant-sit them for me for that tour. This April makes 19 years with the same cannas (or their descendants). They do indeed prefer the sun, don't get many blooms in part shade.

Positive Denie On Apr 15, 2010, Denie from Wichita, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted Mr. President over two (2) weeks ago and don't see anything yet? How long does it take. I've water well each day, afternoon sun, morning shade. ???

Positive sudio On Mar 23, 2006, sudio from Elizabethton, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

My sister who recently passed away had planted this bulb indoors in a large pot (in Tennessee), but we didn't know what it was when it began blooming. Now it's March, and it has 3 large fire engine red blooms, 8 inches across and thriving nicely. It gets window sun about half the day and I water it once a week. I'm a beginning gardener and find this beauty to be very easy to grow indoors.

Positive diggingit On Oct 8, 2005, diggingit from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

"President" is one tough variety. It performed beautifully all summer, even with our 7" rainfall deficit and only sporadic surface watering with a hose. I've never fertilized them. It's October and they're all still blooming. A marvelous plant.

Positive berrygirl On Jan 16, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This canna is sooo easy to grow. It thrives in a soggy bed of mine that would rot anything else. It's in bloom for me until frost. Almost maintenance free but is bothered by leaf-cutters.
An all-around beautiful plant- foliage and bloom equally handsome.

Positive Leatherfl On Oct 5, 2003, Leatherfl wrote:

They are just beautiful plants with gorgeous bright red flowers that never seems to stop blooming. I have several in my garden that bloom constantly, planted around the outside of my pond. After each bloom is finished, there are pods left where the flower drops off.

I have tried to plant those pods (fresh and dried ones), but they never seem to sprout. In the wild, they just drop off after they are dried on the plant and drop to the ground, and seem to reseed themselves. I would like to start a lot of them with the pods if I could.

Positive suncatcheracres On Jul 20, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I find this to be one of the most satisfying cannas to grow, with large, lush medium green foliage and large intense red flowers. Will bloom constantly in full sun to bright shade. Requires constant moisture and lots of fertilizer.


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

Arley, Alabama
Dothan, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)
Tucson, Arizona
Clayton, California
Concord, California
Visalia, California
Clifton, Colorado
Brooksville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Old Town, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
Ellijay, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Monroe, Georgia
Cicero, Indiana
Marshalltown, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hanson, Kentucky
Deridder, Louisiana
Youngsville, Louisiana
Ada, Michigan
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Independence, Missouri
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Deposit, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Clemmons, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Kent, Ohio
Claremore, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Easley, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Cleveland, Tennessee
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Erwin, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee
Cedar Park, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Von Ormy, Texas
Layton, Utah
Allyn, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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