CANNA Indian Shot

The flowering spike of Canna looks like a colourful Gladiolus without any of its popularity. The blooms may be large, up to 5 in. across in yellow, pink, red or white, and this plant would certainly be in all the catalogues but for its major drawback. It is not hardy-rhizomes must be started in peat indoors during March and then planted outdoors in early June when all risk of frost is past. Lift the plants in autumn, allow them to dry and then store in sand or peat.

VARIETIES: Many named C. indica hybrids are available. They are divided into 2 groups – the Green-leaved varieties and the Coloured-leaved ones. Canna leaves are extremely large and decorative – choose one of the coloured group. Examples are ‘Hercules’ (red flowers, purple foliage), ‘Dazzler’ (red flowers, bronze foliage) and ‘Tyrol’ (pink flowers, purple foliage).

SITE AND SOIL: Use as dot plants in bedding schemes – humus-rich soil and full sun are essential. Not a plant for cold areas.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time June. Planting depth 2 in.

Spacing: 1.5 ft. Height 3-4 ft.

Flowering period: August-October.

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