PlantFiles: Canna Lily Canna x generalis 'Richard Wallace'
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Category: Bulbs Ponds and Aquatics Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness: 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: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Deltona, Florida Jacksonville, Florida North De Land, Florida Orlando, Florida Trenton, Florida Between, Georgia Cumming, Georgia Dacula, Georgia Richmond Hill, Georgia Barbourville, Kentucky De Ridder, Louisiana Norco, Louisiana Waynesboro, Mississippi Roswell, New Mexico Clemmons, North Carolina Snow Hill, North Carolina Kent, Ohio Choctaw, Oklahoma Clover, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Gilbert, South Carolina Middleton, Tennessee Toone, Tennessee Westmoreland, Tennessee Aubrey, Texas Austin, Texas Bastrop, Texas Cedar Park, Texas Conroe, Texas Fate, Texas North Richland Hills, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Round Rock, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Chesapeake, Virginia Midlothian, Virginia