Canna Lily 'President'

Canna x generalis

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: President
Additional cultivar information:(aka Mr. President)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly






Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Arley, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Clayton, California

Concord, California

Livermore, California

Visalia, California

Clifton, Colorado

Brooksville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Spring Hill, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

Ellijay, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Monroe, Georgia

Cicero, Indiana

Marshalltown, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hanson, Kentucky

Deridder, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Ada, Michigan

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Independence, Missouri

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Deposit, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio

Kent, Ohio

Claremore, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Eugene, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Easley, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Cleveland, Tennessee

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Erwin, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Morrison, Tennessee

Cedar Park, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Von Ormy, Texas

Layton, Utah

Allyn, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 31, 2016, Manon1 from Livermore, CA wrote:

My blooms came the second year. By this time the plant grew quickly. In Livermore, the blooms are showing more like an orange red. Bleached by the sun? I was hoping for red, but in retrospect, it is fine with one of my coral roses and pineapple salvia. It gets full day sun.


On Jan 11, 2015, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

President Canna blooms here from late Spring until mid Fall. It provides 6 months of color for me and as long as I plant flowers, I will make room for it because it is easy to maintain and especially easy to enjoy.


On Mar 24, 2013, TexasDollie from Dewey, AZ (Zone 7a) wrote:

The hubs and I planted these at our first place in 1994...and as the military moved us all over the states, we dragged them with us. The only place they didn't go was Montana--I had a friend here in TX plant-sit them for me for that tour. This April makes 19 years with the same cannas (or their descendants). They do indeed prefer the sun, don't get many blooms in part shade.


On Apr 15, 2010, Denie from Wichita, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted Mr. President over two (2) weeks ago and don't see anything yet? How long does it take. I've water well each day, afternoon sun, morning shade. ???


On Mar 23, 2006, sudio from Elizabethton, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

My sister who recently passed away had planted this bulb indoors in a large pot (in Tennessee), but we didn't know what it was when it began blooming. Now it's March, and it has 3 large fire engine red blooms, 8 inches across and thriving nicely. It gets window sun about half the day and I water it once a week. I'm a beginning gardener and find this beauty to be very easy to grow indoors.


On Oct 8, 2005, diggingit from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

"President" is one tough variety. It performed beautifully all summer, even with our 7" rainfall deficit and only sporadic surface watering with a hose. I've never fertilized them. It's October and they're all still blooming. A marvelous plant.


On Jan 16, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This canna is sooo easy to grow. It thrives in a soggy bed of mine that would rot anything else. It's in bloom for me until frost. Almost maintenance free but is bothered by leaf-cutters.
An all-around beautiful plant- foliage and bloom equally handsome.


On Oct 5, 2003, Leatherfl wrote:

They are just beautiful plants with gorgeous bright red flowers that never seems to stop blooming. I have several in my garden that bloom constantly, planted around the outside of my pond. After each bloom is finished, there are pods left where the flower drops off.

I have tried to plant those pods (fresh and dried ones), but they never seem to sprout. In the wild, they just drop off after they are dried on the plant and drop to the ground, and seem to reseed themselves. I would like to start a lot of them with the pods if I could.


On Jul 20, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I find this to be one of the most satisfying cannas to grow, with large, lush medium green foliage and large intense red flowers. Will bloom constantly in full sun to bright shade. Requires constant moisture and lots of fertilizer.