Canna Lily 'Yellow King Humbert'

Canna x generalis

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

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

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:

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:

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

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:

, (2 reports)

Arley, Alabama

Decatur, Alabama

Enterprise, Alabama

Lanett, Alabama

Union Grove, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Deland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Quincy, Illinois

Deridder, Louisiana

Silver Spring, Maryland

Clinton, Mississippi

Marietta, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Roswell, New Mexico

Clemmons, North Carolina

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Stanley, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Claremore, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Bluffton, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Henderson, Tennessee

China, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Mont Belvieu, Texas

Nome, Texas

Roanoke, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Spring, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 20, 2012, packerbaby from Quincy, IL wrote:

I bought these on a whim a year ago and have been very lucky with them. I'm in zone 5b and didn't realize you had to dig these up for winter. I had a good 5" of mulch over the rhizomes and it has survived! Not only has it survived somehow it's managed to multiply and I have moved them to a sunnier location. What started out as 4 plants has turned into about 10 so far. Not sure if my luck will last this coming winter so if anyone can tell me how to store them please let me know.


On Oct 12, 2009, rockymontuno from Rocky Mount, NC wrote:

I love my King Humberts! I bought two in the spring and I guess I have at least six now. Living in Zone 7, do I need to dig Humbert up and store in the refrigerator or will he overwinter okay?


On Aug 4, 2009, Turtlegaby from Decatur, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Yellow King Humbert and Florence Vaughan are the same Canna. Not sure, why they come with 2 different names. Anyway, this is one Canna that multiplies so fast, that before you realize it, you have hundreds of them. I started out with only one plant 3 years ago and now have several hundreds. They are taking over my yard and I can't sell them as fast as they grow. The blooms are large and beautiful, they are my earliest bloomers and the latest ones. A few of them I have planted in a bed that has a half day shade and the soil is a mix of sand and grass clippings . Didn't expect them to grow there at all, but those got over 7 feet tall. Go figure, they obviously love sand mixed with plant matter in a half shady location. I just had to divide them again, because the rhizomes would get so large ... read more


On May 20, 2009, antsinmypants from Marietta, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

I believe people are getting 'Yellow King Humbert' and 'Florence Vaughan' mixed up.

Including me! Not sure which one I have now.


On Mar 15, 2008, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A very reliable bloomer. Mine have more than doubled in number since planted in '07.


On May 5, 2007, skaz421 from Wesley Chapel, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Love this canna....but I wanted to warn everyone, that this cultivar is the same as Florence Vaughan. I didn't know, and ended up trading for a lot of canna I already had!!!


On Apr 27, 2007, Lhouselover from Arley, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

The one I purchased is ALL YELLOW bloom. Some people call Florence Vaughan and Yellow King Humbert by the same name. I don't know as I am fairly new to cannas.


On Sep 5, 2006, Nyssa416 from Clinton, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

This lily grows tall and provides a nice back drop for other plants. The leaves are very dramatic and it proliferates like mad. I can't seem to get mine to bloom though. 4 years running they grown and proliferate but won't bloom. Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.


On Jun 15, 2006, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant has brilliant colors, more so than any other canna I have seen.


On Jun 7, 2005, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

My very first canna, and I'm so pleased with it. Yellow King Humbert has led to many other cultivars being planted by its side.


On Jul 15, 2004, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

First year for this particular canna,one unusual thing though,my foliage is burgundy??? Can anyone tell me why ???