Canna, Orange-Flowered Variegated Canna Lily 'Pretoria'

Canna americanallis var. variegata

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: americanallis var. variegata
Cultivar: Pretoria
Additional cultivar information:(aka Praetoria, Bengal Tiger, Austriostriata)
Synonym:Canna x generalis
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:



Medium Green


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Arley, Alabama

Auburn, Alabama

Montevallo, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona(3 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona(2 reports)

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Burlingame, California

Capistrano Beach, California

Chowchilla, California

Clayton, California

Del Mar, California

Fairfield, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Fresno, California

Laguna Beach, California

Long Beach, California

Pleasanton, California

Portola Valley, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Jacinto, California

San Jose, California

Clifton, Colorado

Clearwater, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Niceville, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Wesley Chapel, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia(2 reports)

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Franklinton, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Preston, Maryland

Flowood, Mississippi

Maben, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Roswell, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Elk City, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Georgetown, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Collierville, Tennessee

Coppell, Texas

Dickinson, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Freeport, Texas

Houston, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Mc Dade, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Webster, Texas

Layton, Utah

Jonesville, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

West Bend, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 5, 2021, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

It is now blooming in my zone 7b garden. Lovely blooms and foliage variegation!


On Feb 27, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- the Pretoria variety of canna is a very aggressive one. It eliminated several other plants in the bed, including other canna varieties. It requires frequent removal of sprouts that crowd the front edge of the bed or invade the adjacent Bermuda grass. The bed is at the base of a pecan tree and a lot of plants won't grow there due to adverse effects from the tree, but the cannas don't seem to mind. Despite their reputation as liking water, these get water only every other week in summer and none in winter. They freeze to the ground in the winter.


On Apr 17, 2013, TomPrestonMD from Preston, MD wrote:

Has come back in my z7b garden for 4 years now. I do nothing to Protect them. Also have Stuttgart and Tropicanna both have also been hardy at my home. Humming birds like to visit them also a plus.


On Nov 22, 2009, christmascactus wrote:

Beautiful foliage. This is one of my favorite cannas.
The flowers are pretty but I grow it for it's beautiful leaves.


On Jul 2, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Another Canna beauty with it's striking leaves and bright flowers. Can't be beat, this one is my favorite of all the colored leaved Canna's


On Jun 17, 2007, uglybug from Foley, AL wrote:

My canna lily 'Pretoria'has beautiful flowers--when it flowers. I am a beginner with this plant, and after the orange flowers dry up and drop off, there is left a ball-shaped, what I call a "seed pod" below where the flower grew.

The plant is not doing very well. It is in full sun and I keep it well watered.


On Apr 27, 2007, Lhouselover from Arley, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love cannas and this is my first year for this and I can't wait for it grow and start blooming for me...


On May 19, 2006, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had this plant undisturbed in the same spot for five years in zone 6. It has flourished and multiplied each year.


On May 19, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a focal canna in my collection, I love these as a little something different


On Sep 19, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

In Baton Rouge, leaf rollers are a fierce competitor to cannas in general. I have found that Bengal Tiger is at least more resistant to leaf rollers. All of my other cannas look pretty sad this year even with a vigorous systemic bug attack on my part. Bengal Tiger still sports great foliage and it has been blooming all thru late spring to early fall. It also spreads fairly quickly compared to most other cannas.


On Feb 16, 2003, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bengal Tiger (aka Pretoria) is one of the very best variegated foliage cannas. Gorgeous blooms, but sometimes the flowers are cut off so they don't distract from the foliage.

One of my very first cannas ..and will always be a favourite. Easy to grow and always lovely. Just can't beat the beauty of this canna! Heirloom canna, probably originated from India (why it's also known as 'Bengal Tiger'.)