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Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'Tropical Rose'

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

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Suitable for growing in containers

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:

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

Regional

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

Vincent, Alabama

Fresno, California

Deland, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Annapolis, Maryland

Madison, Mississippi

Averill Park, New York

Cary, North Carolina

Greer, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 1, 2014, REBLOOMER from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Started the cannas in February 2013 from seed I purchased. Indoors, under lights and with a heat mat after I scored the seed and soaked for 48 hours in warm water. They germinated in about a week. I had ten seeds and nine germinated. With the warm conditions, between 80 & 85 degrees, they grew quickly. I think these should be started in at least a four-inch pot each.

I planted the majority of these into pots on my deck and a few into the ground when they reached about five inches tall. The ones in pots grew to about three feet, blooming first when they reached about two feet (seed packet said they bloom three months from sowing). The cannas in the ground grew a little slower and didn't reach quite as tall. I think it may have been because of our clay soil here in NC. They b... read more

Neutral

On Jun 20, 2012, AAS_NGB from Downers Grove, IL wrote:

'Tropical Rose' is an AAS Winner--one of the first cannas from seed!

Positive

On Aug 27, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

My best canna. First canna to bloom, blooms continuously, last canna still in bloom - and it has by far the largest flower head. Control leaf rollers with granular systemic insecticide.

Positive

On Jan 23, 2003, Jerome from Beer-Sheva
Israel wrote:

Medium sized with pink flowers and green foliage.This is a very beautifull plant who is still bloom in the the middle of january !!! I have a variation who is red and perform very well in my garden. This is the "Tropical Red". The "Tropical Red" and the "Tropical Rose" are cultivars that can be raised by seeds. All the others cannas are raised by rhisome division, by seeds you will never obtain the same plant.

Positive

On Sep 7, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

'Tropical Rose' is one of my very favourite cannas.
I like everything about it (o: