Canna Lily, Indian Shot 'Red Stripe'

Canna indica

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Stripe
Synonym:Canna limbata
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


3-6 in. (7-15 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Arroyo Grande, California

Brandon, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Niceville, Florida

Wesley Chapel, Florida

Kailua, Hawaii

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Maunawili, Hawaii

Hometown, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Davenport, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Fordoche, Louisiana

Silver Spring, Maryland

Clinton Township, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Marietta, Mississippi

Roswell, New Mexico

Smithtown, New York

Beaufort, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Houston, Texas

Shepherd, Texas

Chesapeake, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 19, 2006, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has been one of the hardiest and most spectacular of my Cannas as far as foliage. Mine makes small red flowers followed by seed pods bearing typical "indian shot" seed. Mine has topped out at a little over 6 ft. in full sun in a place that doesn't receive much water, but the ground does retain more moisture in that area. The stalks are very sturdy, but can get a bit heavy sometimes and may need occasional staking against high wind. It's one of my absolute favorites.


On Jul 7, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

for years, after a heavy rain, I would have little shoots of something pop up in the back of my yard, then die back again. Looked like a garden plant rather than a weed and finally last year, after heavy rain when they again sprouted, I transplanted to a part-shade area that gets regular water to see if they'd grow and if they were something I'd like. They immediately shot up and within a couple of months flowered. After flowering, swollen, warty 1" fruits develope with black globous seeds. Took me a while to identify (the few canna I'd seen have big frilly flowers and the petals on these are very slender). This plant is from S.Amer. flowers are bright yellow or red. Mine is bright yellow with some red splatters(more like vertical dashes). 7 mos after transpalnt they are 4'-5' high ... read more