Canna, Canna Lily 'Cattleya'

Canna x generalis

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Cattleya
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Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 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

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

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

San Pedro, California

Sebring, Florida

Coushatta, Louisiana

Norco, Louisiana

Keene, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 18, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

Yellow cannas are a native plant here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b. About two years ago we had a huge fire in the nearby Mallory Swamp that destroyed many hundreds of acres of logged over cypress swamp that was mostly planted in pine. After this huge fire, which almost burned across several small towns to the Gulf of Mexico, the State of Florida took over the burned out area and is now trying to restore it to a cypress swamp and nature preserve. The Suwannee Audubon group recently took a trip to see how the swamp was progressing and reported acres of yellow cannas growing in the burned over swamp. Apparently the seed can live for over 600 years and is activated by fire! Very strange for a swamp plant. But it's not surprising cannas can handle lots of water, given their origin.


On Aug 17, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I found this canna in a vacant lot with a lot of discarded plants from gardens nearby. I knew it was going to be a good performer by how well it was doing with neglect. I am relying on the picture by Abutilon for my identification of my plant (photo uploaded as well).

It is 6 feet tall in my garden, in soggy saturated mucky sands in a poorly drained swale, having had its feet wet almost constantly for over two months with 25 inches of rain, and it still is flowering!


On Sep 28, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Excellent lovely very showy heirloom canna. Strong grower.
Taller medium height,