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Canna, Canna Lily 'Cleopatra'

Canna x generalis

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Cleopatra
Additional cultivar information:(aka Clopatre, Spanish Emblem)
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Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Arley, Alabama

Gaylesville, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Glendale, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona(3 reports)

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Fremont, California

Mission Viejo, California

Roseville, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

Clifton, Colorado

Brooksville, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Miami, Florida

Niceville, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Dacula, Georgia

Hinesville, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Ewing, Kentucky

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Monroe, Louisiana

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Lake George, Minnesota

Columbus, Mississippi

Flowood, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Springfield, Missouri

Buffalo, New York

Levittown, New York

Loch Sheldrake, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Conneaut, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Yukon, Oklahoma

Mallorytown, Ontario

Eugene, Oregon

Oakridge, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Tionesta, Pennsylvania

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Greer, South Carolina

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Newberry, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Angleton, Texas

Austin, Texas

Cibolo, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Fritch, Texas

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

La Vernia, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

Nome, Texas

Perrin, Texas

Port Lavaca, Texas

Shepherd, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Lynchburg, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Concrete, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 24, 2011, Lilyofthenight from Victoria, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Believe it or not, many people consider these plants a nuisance, In my area if they are not cut back regularly they take over and spread like wildfire, also in summer heat they tend to turn brown when, left unattended they become a huge eyesore. I actually tried getting rid of these and they kept coming back, even after a hard freeze in Febuary. They have come back strong as ever and are loaded with buds.
Keep these plants manicured for best effect.


On Jul 13, 2008, fadedcharacter from Springfield, MO wrote:

I live in zone 6, but have my cannas planted along the south wall of my home which means I don't have to dig them up! Any other place in the yard (even with heavy mulch) and they freeze & rot over the harsh winter. Everyone loves these & I find that they do remarkably well as a container plant also.


On Nov 6, 2006, pheitmeyer from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bought this plant small, burnt, and in very sad shape @ Home D in september. Planted with others in mounted mix of peat moss, mulch, and sand on top of topsoil. Root stimulator, then 2 applications of flowering fertilizer later, it is growing beautiful yellow specked with red and red flowers.


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

Another new canna for me in 2005, I am hoping for a tropical oasis eventually here on the shores of Lake Murray, S.C.


On Feb 21, 2005, Emg55 from Chicopee, MA wrote:

This plant did not stop blooming diring the summer and fall. It stopped because the weather was turning cold.


On Aug 3, 2004, rylaff from Niceville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is absolutely my favorite canna. I love the unpredictability of the flower and the leaf. You never know what you will get.


On Apr 16, 2004, cowboysgirl from Litchfield Park, AZ wrote:

We planted these in the spring of 2003 and our first blooms were at the end of May. We had lots of flowers until almost Christmas!! This year, we had blossoms open March 18th and the plants are much larger and more beautiful than ever. Even in the hot blasting winds of the Arizona summer, they are great!


On Mar 1, 2004, salemi from Depew, NY wrote:

must be taken indoors before a hard frost. they grow in my heated basement and i put them out again in spring


On Aug 18, 2003, Gabriels_Garden wrote:

I've had this canna for one season and it has bloomed six different times this summer, while all my other cannas have bloomed just once. This canna is amazing!


On Jul 1, 2003, bob47 from Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

These bulbs have been in my family for over 50 years. They came from friends in Guadalajara, Mexico. The were once pure red on dark leaves and pure yellow on light green leaves.

Over time, the spotted have evolved along side the pure colors. Experts, not me, can explain it. My dad says reds will dominate given time. Bob