Plants - Annuals

Start your cannas indoors

By
Lorraine Hunter
Photography by
Roger Yip

Start your cannas indoors now and you'll have plentiful blooms by summer

Canna ‘Firebird' The flowers of this cultivar are fiery red with deep red buds and stems, and large, dark green leaves. It does well as an aquatic plant. Height: 60 to 90 centimetres.
C. ‘Red Futurity' This variety has deep rose-pink flowers over deep, rich burgundy stems and foliage. Height: 90 centimetres.
C. ‘Rosemond Cole' A standard dwarf variety that has red flowers with yellow margins and a spotted throat. Height: 90 centimetres.
C. ‘Phaison' a.k.a. ‘Tropicanna' This cultivar has orange flowers with leaves striped in green, yellow, pink and red. Height: 1.5 to 1.8 metres.
C. ‘President' This cultivar has watermelon red flowers and green foliage. Height: 1.5 metres.
C. ‘Pretoria' a.k.a. ‘Bengal Tiger' One of the taller varieties, this cultivar has orange flowers with green-and-yellow-striped foliage with a thin purple margin. Height: 1.5 to 1.8 metres.
C. ‘Tropical Salmon' A smaller variety, this canna has rich salmon flowers with a yellow throat and medium green leaves. Height: 60 to 75 centimetres.
C. ‘Yellow King Humbert' a.k.a ‘Yellow Humbert' This cultivar has buttery yellow flowers with a crimson-orange spotted throat and green foliage. Height: 1.2 to 1.5 metres.

SOURCES
KEY:
Canna ‘Firebird': 1, ‘Peach Blush': 2, ‘Phaison' a.k.a ‘Tropicanna': 3, ‘President': 4, ‘Pretoria' a.k.a ‘Bengal Tiger': 5, ‘Red Futurity': 6, ‘Rosemond Cole': 7, ‘Tropical Salmon': 8, ‘Yellow King Humbert' a.k.a. 'Yellow Humbert': 9.

Blomidon Nurseries Ltd.: 3, 9.

Botanus Inc.: 4, 5, 7.

Dominion Seed House: 3, 9.

Florissa: 1, 4-7, 9.

Lilies in the Valley: 5, 9.

Lindenberg Seeds Ltd.: 5-7, 9.

Minter Country Garden: 2-5, 8, 9.

Ritchie Feed and Seed: 3-6, 9.

Sheridan Nurseries Ltd.: 4-6, 9.

Tropic to Tropic Plants: 3, 5.

Veseys Seeds Ltd.: 3, 4, 6, 9.

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