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PlantFiles: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'Australia'

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

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6 vendors have this plant for sale.

27 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CherokeeGreg On May 19, 2011, CherokeeGreg from Fresno, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice canna. Its a really dark leaf color almost black. It grows very fast. Nice flower color. It loves the heat. Great canna !

Positive hankeat On Jan 9, 2011, hankeat from Berlin
Germany (Zone 7a) wrote:

I bought this Canna under the name "Black Wonder" in Germany. I believe they're the same. The stem of this Canna is quite thin and weak, thus it should be avoided to place at a windy spot.

Positive shoeboxsavings On May 29, 2006, shoeboxsavings from Desert Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Planted against a 4 ft stucco wall with west sun on back side of wall but otherwise FULL SUN in N. Phoenix AZ. These babies are loving our heat. It's Nearly june and the 5 Australia Canna's I planted are thriving in the desert sun. They've been blooming continuously for about a month and going strong. They're even taking the occasional beatings from my 2 dogs. If they break a shoot or two I just cut it off and it saps over and starts new shoots. It is the Desert so the drip irrigation is a must but there a beautiful center piece to our garden.
Only draw back is that the blooms last less than a 3 days and need to be plucked from the shoot occasionally. Blooms are a brilliant red/orange.

Positive zzazzq On Apr 26, 2006, zzazzq from Madison, MS wrote:

Echo the previous reviews. Very dark, more than any other. Spreads very vell, almost to the point of invasiveness. Only issue, is, the stems are a bit weak and tend to blow or flop over easily, but might be a product of my growing in partial shade. Great plant.

Positive skaz421 On Dec 14, 2005, skaz421 from Wesley Chapel, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grew very large it's first year. Maintenace free, produces beautiful red flowers.

Positive admodeva On Nov 17, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

Really grew large in its first year. I love the dark colored foliage; it's very striking. I am impressed it held up very well during the drought this summer.

Positive Abutilon On Jul 14, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the darkest leafed cannas anywhere. Leaves are satiny and appear near-black in the heat of summer.
Large, soft, medium-red flowers are very lovely, too (o:


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

Dutton, Alabama
Gadsden, Alabama
Weaver, Alabama
Anthem, Arizona
Hereford, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Clayton, California
Encinitas, California
Fresno, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Zephyrhills, Florida
Lawrenceville, Georgia
South Amana, Iowa
Bishopville, Maryland
Madison, Mississippi
Missoula, Montana
Stony Brook, New York
Durham, North Carolina
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Fate, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
Plano, Texas
Chesapeake, Virginia
Redmond, Washington

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