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Canna Lily 'Richard Wallace'

Canna x generalis

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Richard Wallace
Additional cultivar information:(aka King Midas)
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Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

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)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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:

Gaylesville, Alabama

Peoria, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

San Leandro, California

Upland, California

Vista, California

Deland, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Cumming, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Monroe, Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Deridder, Louisiana

Norco, Louisiana

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Roswell, New Mexico

Clemmons, North Carolina

Snow Hill, North Carolina

Kent, Ohio

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Clover, South Carolina

Gilbert, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Middleton, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Aubrey, Texas

Austin, Texas

Bastrop, Texas

Cedar Park, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Fate, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Chesapeake, Virginia

Midlothian, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2011, LadyAssassin from Belleville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was my first year with cannas and it has been a great experience. I have several Richard Wallaces and they are beautiful - lovely foliage. I plan on getting several more next year in different colours. The only part that sucks is I live in a zone that requires storing the rhizomes over winter, but for these gorgeous plants I am willing to do so. I love the tropical look in my garden.


On Jun 30, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I received this canna in a trade early spring, and all I can say is "WOW'. I have a large canna bed that is in a low spot in my yard, and partially under some Palatka Holly trees. Gets morning sun, midday shade, afternoon till sunset full sun again. Nice big healthy plant that blooms that is on it's second go round of blooms.


On May 25, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Canna Lily 'Richard Wallace' (Canna x generalis) is an heirloom canna and is a Crozy Group (gladiolus-type) cultivar that was itroduced by Wilhelm Pfitzer in 1902. An Italian Group (orchoides-type) cultivar is being widely sold as 'Richard Wallace' which is not the same plant. If a canna identified as being 'Richard Wallace' does not have Gladiolus-shaped blooms, it is not the "original". The "original" 'Richard Wallace' I believe has fertile seed.


On Mar 2, 2007, dudley12 from Peoria, AZ wrote:

Although I love the showy yellow flowers, the leaves burn very badly in summer and I spend a lot of time "trimming" the edges.


On Sep 5, 2005, usharajyam from kakinada,
India wrote:

the experience i have with all tyes of canna is wild and mostly used as edge plant in villages very near to lakes and ponds. i have 4 tyes of canna in my garden.


On Jun 8, 2003, CannaGrwr wrote:

Canna seems to like a lot of water and sun to get it blooming and growing healthy, but if you underwater or grow "Richard Wallace" in hard soil it will only grow small and may not bloom and have many new shoots. Anyway "Richard Wallace" will send out MANY new shoots any way you grow it!. If you grow in a pot make sure it is clay or else shoots will poke through regular pot.
About the blooms?, well it is the truest yellow i've ever seen in yellow cannas. Great blooms!. Very easy to grow and maintain. Also the greatest spreading canna i've ever seen.