Canna, Canna Lily, Indian Shot 'Anchiras'

Canna indica

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Anchiras
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

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

Arroyo Grande, California

Rowland Heights, California

San Diego, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2013, real_americana from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I grew these from seed last year. I bought them from 2 sources, J.L.Hudson and another source. Equal success with both. One had redder foliage and darker flowers, the other bright green foliage and brighter red flowers. I chose to start them from seed because they're edible and have many uses. We haven't tried the roots yet. But this plant goes way back see "Lost crops of the Incas", on the web. Important in Peru and Ecuador, but also eaten in Hawaii, Vietnam, Mexico, West Indies, Venezuela, Bolivia, Australia, Philipines, Indonesia, etc. The vietnamese use them to make cellophane noodles. Wikipedia says they have, "the largest starch particles of all plant life." While the flowers aren't spectacular like garden Cannas breed for flowers, they are pretty. And the foliage is lovely too.... read more


On May 20, 2012, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am not sure whether this is indica or edulis. The red flower is small but has a charm all it's own. There is a Japanese restaurant near here that has nothing but this in the long planters outside the restaurant - it is stunning. I have found these to be more frost tolerant than other cannas. By that I mean that when the frost takes them to the ground they come back in Spring and reliably bloom first year. Grow fast from fresh seed.


On Feb 3, 2008, GranvilleSouth from (Zone 10a) wrote:

I think this is Canna Edulis, rather than Indica. The latter are the ornamental variety. Edulis flowers are red & smaller than most Indica flowers. How else one may tell the plants apart, I have no idea. There seem to be different strains of Edulis, distinguishable by differing leaf shades & variegations.
There was once an industry in Queensland, Australia in propagating them for their starchy rhizomes.


On Jun 2, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not a very exciting flower for a canna, but nice. Parts of this plant are used for feeding livestock in various contries. From the West Indies and S America. Flowers are upright and small wth orange, yellow and red. Cultivars exist with different colored leaves. Blooms all year round in the tropics (or a greenhouse).