Canna, Canna Lily 'Australia'

Canna x generalis

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


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 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

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

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

Dutton, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Weaver, Alabama

Anthem, Arizona

Hereford, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Clayton, California

Encinitas, California

Fresno, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Zephyrhills, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

South Amana, Iowa

Bishopville, Maryland

Madison, Mississippi

Missoula, Montana

Levittown, New York

Stony Brook, New York

Durham, North Carolina

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

La Vernia, Texas

Lake Jackson, Texas

Plano, Texas

Chesapeake, Virginia

Redmond, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 19, 2011, CherokeeGreg from Fresno, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice canna. Its a really dark leaf color almost black. It grows very fast. Nice flower color. It loves the heat. Great canna !


On Jan 9, 2011, hankeat from Berlin,
Germany (Zone 7a) wrote:

I bought this Canna under the name "Black Wonder" in Germany. I believe they're the same. The stem of this Canna is quite thin and weak, thus it should be avoided to place at a windy spot.


On May 29, 2006, shoeboxsavings from Desert Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Planted against a 4 ft stucco wall with west sun on back side of wall but otherwise FULL SUN in N. Phoenix AZ. These babies are loving our heat. It's Nearly june and the 5 Australia Canna's I planted are thriving in the desert sun. They've been blooming continuously for about a month and going strong. They're even taking the occasional beatings from my 2 dogs. If they break a shoot or two I just cut it off and it saps over and starts new shoots. It is the Desert so the drip irrigation is a must but there a beautiful center piece to our garden.
Only draw back is that the blooms last less than a 3 days and need to be plucked from the shoot occasionally. Blooms are a brilliant red/orange.


On Apr 26, 2006, zzazzq from Madison, MS wrote:

Echo the previous reviews. Very dark, more than any other. Spreads very vell, almost to the point of invasiveness. Only issue, is, the stems are a bit weak and tend to blow or flop over easily, but might be a product of my growing in partial shade. Great plant.


On Dec 14, 2005, skaz421 from Wesley Chapel, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grew very large it's first year. Maintenace free, produces beautiful red flowers.


On Nov 17, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

Really grew large in its first year. I love the dark colored foliage; it's very striking. I am impressed it held up very well during the drought this summer.


On Jul 14, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the darkest leafed cannas anywhere. Leaves are satiny and appear near-black in the heat of summer.
Large, soft, medium-red flowers are very lovely, too (o: