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PlantFiles: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'Richard Wallace'

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Richard Wallace
Additional cultivar information: (aka King Midas)

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43 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early 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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LadyAssassin On Oct 11, 2011, LadyAssassin from Belleville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was my first year with cannas and it has been a great experience. I have several Richard Wallaces and they are beautiful - lovely foliage. I plan on getting several more next year in different colours. The only part that sucks is I live in a zone that requires storing the rhizomes over winter, but for these gorgeous plants I am willing to do so. I love the tropical look in my garden.

Positive mjsponies On Jun 30, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I received this canna in a trade early spring, and all I can say is "WOW'. I have a large canna bed that is in a low spot in my yard, and partially under some Palatka Holly trees. Gets morning sun, midday shade, afternoon till sunset full sun again. Nice big healthy plant that blooms that is on it's second go round of blooms.

Positive htop On May 25, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Canna Lily 'Richard Wallace' (Canna x generalis) is an heirloom canna and is a Crozy Group (gladiolus-type) cultivar that was itroduced by Wilhelm Pfitzer in 1902. An Italian Group (orchoides-type) cultivar is being widely sold as 'Richard Wallace' which is not the same plant. If a canna identified as being 'Richard Wallace' does not have Gladiolus-shaped blooms, it is not the "original". The "original" 'Richard Wallace' I believe has fertile seed.

Negative dudley12 On Mar 2, 2007, dudley12 from Peoria, AZ wrote:

Although I love the showy yellow flowers, the leaves burn very badly in summer and I spend a lot of time "trimming" the edges.

Positive usharajyam On Sep 5, 2005, usharajyam from kakinada
India wrote:

the experience i have with all tyes of canna is wild and mostly used as edge plant in villages very near to lakes and ponds. i have 4 tyes of canna in my garden.

Neutral CannaGrwr On Jun 8, 2003, CannaGrwr wrote:

Canna seems to like a lot of water and sun to get it blooming and growing healthy, but if you underwater or grow "Richard Wallace" in hard soil it will only grow small and may not bloom and have many new shoots. Anyway "Richard Wallace" will send out MANY new shoots any way you grow it!. If you grow in a pot make sure it is clay or else shoots will poke through regular pot.
About the blooms?, well it is the truest yellow i've ever seen in yellow cannas. Great blooms!. Very easy to grow and maintain. Also the greatest spreading canna i've ever seen.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
San Leandro, California
Upland, California
Vista, California
Deland, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Cumming, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Monroe, Georgia
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Deridder, Louisiana
Norco, Louisiana
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Roswell, New Mexico
Clemmons, North Carolina
Snow Hill, North Carolina
Kent, Ohio
Choctaw, Oklahoma
Clover, South Carolina
Gilbert, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Middleton, Tennessee
Toone, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Aubrey, Texas
Austin, Texas
Bastrop, Texas
Cedar Park, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Fate, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Chesapeake, Virginia
Midlothian, Virginia

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