Canna Lily 'Tropicanna Black'

Canna x generalis

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Tropicanna Black
Additional cultivar information:(Tropicanna series, aka LON01)
Hybridized by Jewell
Registered or introduced: 2006
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

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:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Buckeye, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Fresno, California

San Diego, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Evansville, Indiana

Clemmons, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Sumter, South Carolina

Saint George, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 5, 2012, anglibet from Albany, OR wrote:

While I agree in general with the comment above, please be aware that there are efforts by propagators using tissue culture to clean up and reintroduce virus indexed, clean versions of many of the cultivars. Have patience, waiting for the redevelopment, asking vendors if material is virus indexed before purchase. My understanding is that the "ugly" is expressed only after multiple viruses have silently piled up in material and then suddenly present after a critical mass of interacting viral infections are present. Many of these viral strains may be carried by other genera without showing any visible symptoms which makes management difficult within any nursery or garden center. Please correct if I'm mistaken in the above.


On May 16, 2011, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I am getting pretty angry with growers pushing diseased, ugly cannas into the market. I am even more surprised by the lack of response to the growers from retailers on how bad the products look when they arrive. Black Tropicanna has been one of the worst performing cannas in the face of the present canna virus that has infected most EVERY canna in retail sale. Bagged or growing cannas all are generally infected. Some just do not show symptoms which means they are more resiliant than others to the affects. Do not assume you can plant any healthy appearing canna in your yard and keep it from infecting existing cannas within an insects flying distance.

Do growers expect customers will buy cannas that can't even stand erect with green/neon yellow off coloration and morphe... read more