Canna Catalogue 2019

Page updated 1 November 2018

Please note:

More varieties that were out of stock are now in stock again.
During the year we may delete varieties when our stocks run low,
and we will occasionally be adding more varieties as they become available for sale.

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All the cannas that we sell are our own production. What we sell are small plants, or a rhizome with new roots and at least one new shoot. All are personally selected to be actively growing. This is the genetic material out of which you will get a gorgeous variety, correctly named, and healthy. It will multiply during the year. Please note that we are not in the business of producing high volumes of plants. Anyone ordering more than a few of a particular variety may find that were unable to supply. For higher quantities please phone or email us. For those with a little patience, we recommend customers to not aim for a big show of one variety the first year, but to rely on the propensity of cannas to multiply for future years.

Please note that we do not sell dormant rhizomes. In nature cannas grow in subtropical countries (the hotter parts of the Americas) which rarely experience frost. If forced into dormancy, many rhizomes are lost.

Our pricing policy is that we charge a little more for varieties that are more trouble for us to propagate, which generally are the bigger varieties, or for varieties that we are relatively short of. We charge a little less for short varieties which bulk up quickly.

Customers purchasing cannas in autumn/winter should grow them under glass and in a frost-free environment until next spring. We recommend not planting them outside until mid May in most areas. Customers that don't have facilities for growing cannas through the winter are advised to purchase plants next spring.

They should be potted-on as soon as received, well watered, and given a little tlc (tender loving care) until they become established. They are not suitable for onward storage.

We prefer customers to order on-line where possible. The sale is then fully documented and we don't need to handle credit card information (which is securely handled by our Shopping Cart provider). We despatch cannas as soon as ordered, and we notify customers of the date of despatch. Callers to our nursery are welcome by arrangement.

For advice and information on canna cultivation, please see here: Cultivation. Please check here before phoning/emailing us. We love to talk about cannas, but the problem is simply that we have lots of customers, and we just don't have enough time to spend on the phone or writing emails dealing with the same query over and over again. This is why we try to provide the answers to most questions on this website. In particular, please see the section Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

An advantage of membership of the EU is that we can send living plants within the EU with no need for import/export documentation (which is prohibitively expensive to obtain). At present we can supply cannas to all the countries of the EU, but we can not send cannas to Norway which is not a member of the EU. Switzerland is also not a member of the EU, but seems to accept EU import rules. We shall be very sad if BREXIT is adopted and we have to cease selling cannas in Europe. Customers in the EU please note that we add an extra delivery charge, which is automatically added by the Shopping Cart.


CannaAlb

'Alberich'



Price: £10.00 each

Available later

Height: Short/Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Peach.

Green foliage and nice peach flowers.

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CannaAmb

'Ambassadour'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium.
Foliage: Green.
Flower: White.

There is no truly white canna. This is as good a white as any we've seen, having large and very nicely shaped flowers.


canannei

'Annei'


Price: £12.00

Quantity:

Height: Very tall, 2.5m+.
Foliage: Glaucous green lance shaped leaves
Flower: Apricot.

award of merit

A unique canna with a unique history. It is the tallest of the canna garden cultivars, and truly spectacular, with large, lance shaped glaucous leaves, and delicate apricot flowers. Extremely vigorous, it soon produces a large clump.

The story of 'Annei' is well documented. It was bred by Théodore Année in France in 1848. Année had worked as a diplomat in Chile, where he became familiar with cannas, and in retirement in France he devoted his time to breeding cannas. This variety was his first success, and it seems to have the distinction of being the very first named variety of canna. It was launched onto an amazed Parisian public a few years later and became an immediate success. It is reported that in the year 1861 some 20,000 "tufts" of canna 'Annei' were grown in the squares of Paris. (ref: Chaté, E. (1867) Le Canna, son histoire, sa culture).

We grew this variety many years ago, having originally acquired it from a French source, but it was lost due to virus. Imagine our joy when a customer in Italy sent us a few healthy rhizomes.

Those familiar with cannas will recognise a similarity with 'Stuttgart', in the flowers, foliage, and enormously long rhizomes. Essentially, it seems to be 'Stuttgart' but without the white stripes in the leaves. This absence of white in the leaves no doubt results in increased vigour giving a bigger plant.


CannaAss

'Assaut'


Price: £12 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Pale Bronze.
Flower: Dark pink, some would call it red.

An old variety, and one of the best. Low stocks, hence higher price.

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CannaAus

'Australia'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

This is the true 'Australia', reputed to be the darkest leaf of any canna.

A tall and slender plant. May sometimes need staking.

Foliage: Very dark shiny chocolate colour.
flower: dark orange/red.

Buyer Beware: A different canna is being offered by the Garden Center Trade under the name of 'Australia'. This is wrongly named, and is a short variety with not very dark foliage.

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'Bangkok'

Syn: 'Striped Beauty'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Medium height. Green foliage with a fine white pinstripe. The yellow flower has a white stripe down the centrie of some petals.

An old variety. Some might say that the alternative name 'Striped Beauty' is a misnoma. In the world of cannas, where beauty is commonplace, it is not outstandingly beautiful. Neither is it very striped. But there is no doubt that it is unique.

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BirdofParadise

'Bird of Paradise'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Very tall (2m). A slender plant with narrow lance shaped leaves in shades of green with pink blush. Coloured stems. Small pink flowers.

Can sometimes be rather straggly, and need staking. A novelty variety for the connoiseur, but we confess not one of our favourites. The young plants are very thin, about the shape and size of a pencil. But customers ask for it, so here it is.

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CannaBkn

'Black Knight'

Syn: Tchad


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Pale bronze .
Flower: Dark red.

This is the true 'Black Knight. By reputation the darkest red flower of any canna. Beware other cannas on the market that are wrongly named Black Knight.

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CannaBri

'Brilliant'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green .
Flower: Red.

A relatively short canna with intensely red flowers and narrow lance shaped green foliage with a dark edge.

This variety has small rhizomes. It is very bushy and produces many flowering stems.

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CannaCali

'Calimero'


Price: £10.00

Out of stock at present.

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green .
Flower: Yellow with red blotches.


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Cannova Bronze Scarlet

'Cannova Bronze Scarlet'


Price, Plants: £9.00 each.

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'Cannova Bronze Scarlet'
A bushy, medium height canna with dark bronze foliage and red flowers.
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'CANNOVA' is a range of cannas bred by the Japanese company Takii, and marketed by their subsidiary in Holland. The first 3 varieties were introduced in 2014, since when more have been added.

These varieties are intended for the garden centre market, and the aim is that garden centres will have small, bushy, floriferous plants ready for sale and maybe already flowering at the start of the summer selling season.

These varieties are being vigorously marketed by Takii to trade customers.
See for example:
Canna Cannova
http://www.cannova.info


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'Cannova Bronze Orange'



Price, Plants: £9.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Orange

A new member of the Cannova family, available for the first time in 2017.


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'Cannova Lemon'


Price (plants): £9.00 each

Quantity (plants):


Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pale yellow

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'Cannova Mango'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:


Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pink.

A distinctive and attractive variety, with nicely shaped flowers.


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'Cannova Orange Shades'


Price (Plants): £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: orange.
The name "shades" presumably means that the colour varies slightly, though we haven't noticed it.

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'Cannova Red Shades'


Price (Plants): £9.00 each

Quantity:





Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: shades of red.

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'Cannova Rose'


Price, Plants: £9.00 each

Quantity:




Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pink.

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'Cannova Yellow'


Price, Plants: £9.00 each

Quantity:





Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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Canna Carnival

'Carnival'


Price: £10.00 each

Out of stock at present

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Brilliant orange.

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Canna Centenaire de Rozain Boucharlat

'Centenaire de Rozain Boucharlat'


Price £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green .
Flower: Red.

An old French variety, with true crimson/pink flowers. This photo doesn't do it justice. We'll find another


Canna Champion

'Champion'


Price £9.00 each

Available early 2019

Height: Tall
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Various pink shades in the same flower.

A heritage variety

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Canna Chou Chou

'Chouchou'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Pale yellow with pink speckling.

A fairly recent French variety. Very attractive


'City of Portland'

Syn: 'Orchid'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium to tall
Foliage: Green
Large pink flower with yellow center, and a fine yellow edge

A heritage variety

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Canna Cleopatra

'Cleopatra'


Price £12.00 each


Quantity:

Height: Medium to tall
Foliage: Green, bronze, or both .
Flower: Yellow with speckles, and/or red.
Stock level: Low

A "Chimaera", the flowers can be red or yellow, and often are partly red and partly yellow. Similarly, the foliage can be green, or can be green with chocolate streaks. Amazingly, sometimes a leaf or a petalis divided down the centre, one half one colour, the other half another. Sometimes the flower is completely red and the foliage completely chocolate, and then it is identical to 'General Eisenhower'.

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'Corail'


Price £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Bronze
Nice coral-pink flower

An old French variety

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'Corsica'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: short
Foliage: Green
Distinctive and attractive pink and yellow flower

One of the original heritage "Island" series. Others in the series are 'Gran Canaria' 'Kreta' and 'Madeira' which we hope to have in this catalogue before very long. We don't have 'Tenerife'. If anyone has it, please send us one.

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Canna Durban

'Durban'

Also known as 'Phasion', Tropicanna (TM).


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Burgundy with pink stripes. .
Flower: Tangerine Orange.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.
The most popular canna of all time. Gorgeous multi-coloured foliage. The ultimate garish canna and not for those sensitive souls who don't like clashing colours.

We fought a legal battle to free it from Plant Breeders Rights and make it available for anyone to sell.

To retain the colour of the foliage, it is better grown in some dappled shade (actually, this is true of all cannas with brown or red leaves).

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Ehemannii

'Ehemannii'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Very large bright green leaves.
Flower: Cerise, nodding trusses.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. An unusual but very beautiful canna. Often wrongly referred to as Canna iridiflora (it is a sterile hybrid of C. iridiflora). It is one of the oldest hybrids, dating from the 1860's.

Having parentage of C. iridiflora gives it distinct characteristics of giant foliage and nodding flowers. We also feel that it is somewhat hardier than other cannas. On the downdside, the rhizomes are close-packed and woody, and difficult to divide.

The parent species grows wild in the mountains of Peru from Cusco to Huanuco. It looks very much like 'Ehemannii'. We'd really appreciate some seed if anyone is out that way.

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En Avant

'En Avant'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: yellow with red spots.


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'Extase'

Translation 'Extasy'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Salmon Pink

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Canna E Neubert

'Eric Neubert'

Also called 'Verdi'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium.
Foliage: Pale bronze.
Flower: Flame orange.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. Distinctive lance-shaped foliage lightly striped bronze.

Very similar to (and may be the same as) the old variety 'Verdi'.

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Canna Feu Magique

'Feu Magique'

Also called 'Feuerzeuber', 'Magic Fire'


Price £10.00

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: A treu crimson red.

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Canna Fiesta

'Fiesta'


Price: £10.00 each

Out of stock at present

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Yellow with red flash. Quite distinctive.

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'Firebird'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower:red.

Very floriferous. Early to start flowering, and flowers over a long season due to its habit of producing a generous succession of flowers from each stem,

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General Eisenhower

'General Eisenhower'

Also known as:
'La France' (probably its original name)
Tropicanna Black(TM)


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Very dark bronze
Flower: Orange/red

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

Dark bronze foliage well-shaped foliage. Well-shaped orange/red flowers.


Canna Golden Orb

'Golden Orb'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: pale bronze
Flower: Golden.

A new variety which combines a golden flower with bronze foliage. Large, well shaped flowers on a well proportioned plant with heavy foliage. One of our best varieties. Bred by English plant breeder Jim Ranger.

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Canna Grandiose

'Grandiose'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium/tall
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange

Unusual foliage colour, which is a distinctive shade of bronze.


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'Happy Carmen'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Dark Red

The "HAPPY MISS" Cannas are a range of new varieties that are very short and chunky, and produce lots of flowers. They are happy in a 4 Litre (5") pot, or at the front of the border.

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'Happy Cleo'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Orange.

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'Happy Emily'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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'Happy Isabel'


Price: £9.00 each

Presently out of stock

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark Green.
Flower: Pink

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'Happy Julia'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Dark bronze.
Flower: Red.

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'Happy Wilma'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very short
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Orange.

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Canna herman

'Herman'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

A tall plant with very narrow and very dark foliage. The flowers are very dark red.

Given to us as an unnamed seedling by a Dutch grower whose name was Herman, hence the name.

There is no doubt it is distinctive. We put it on our stand at the Hampton Court show where sales were very good, so here it is in our catalogue.

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Canna Indiana

'Indiana'


Price: £10.00 each
Presently out of stock

Height: Very tall, 2m+
Foliage: Green
Flower: Brilliant orange.

A very tall and vigorous plant with pale green lance-shaped foliage and bright orange flowers. Produces copious amonts of seeds.


Canna Intrigue

'Intrigue'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

A tall canna with dark brown narrow lanceolate leaves, and rather nice but small orange flowers. Sometimes confused with 'Mystique', which is exactly the same foliage but with red flowers.

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Canna Jivago

'Jivago'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Orange

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'Leopoldii


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Height:
Foliage: Green
Flower: yellow with speckles


LESOTHO lIL

'Lesotho Lil'


Plants, £12.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Green
Flower: orange

A very impressive plant, taller than tall, with a good flower.

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Canna Lolita

'Lolita'


Plants, £10.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Cerise pink with a pale yellow edge.


Canna Louis Cayeux

'Louis Cayeux'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Green
Large Creamy pink Flower.

award of merit award of merit

RHS AGM Awards 1906 and 2002.
The two awards say it all.

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'Marlena'


Price: £10.00 each
Presently out of stock

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze.
Flower: Peachy.

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'Marshmallow'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: green.
Flowers large and very pale pink.


Canna Montaigne

'Montaigne'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange/red.

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Canna Mystique

'Mystique'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Peach.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

This is usually classed as a foliage variety, because it grows tall, and it has distinctive narrow very dark leaves. It also has a nice flower, albeit small, so we include it here as a floral variety.

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Musifolia

'Musifolia Grande'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

A giant variety, over 2 meters. Green leaves with red veins and edges, and red stems. Suitable for the larger garden, National Trust properties etc.

It rarely flowers in the English climate because by the end of summer it has not reached its full height. The flowers are small and orange.

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'Oiseau D'Or'


Price: £10.00 each
Presently out of stock

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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Canna Orange Chocolate

'Orange Chocolate'


Price: £10.00 each


Quantity:

Height: medium 1.5 mtrs
Foliage: Dark Bronze
Flower: Tangerine Orange,

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Canna Orange Punch

'Orange Punch'


Price: £10.00 each


Quantity:

Height: medium 1.5 mtrs
Foliage: green
Flower: Brilliant orange.

A favourite at RHS Wisley Garden, where it has been featured in floral displays for the past few years.

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Canna Panache

'Panache'


Price: £12.00 each


Quantity:

Height: tall, 2mtrs
Foliage: Glaucous green narrow leaves.
Flower: Cream with a mahogany centre.

Quite unlike any other canna. Most people love it at first sight.

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Canna Panama

'Panama'


Price: £12.00 each


Quantity:

Height: tall 1.8 mtrs
Foliage: Dark green.
Flower: Rich pure yellow.

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Canna Perkeo

'Perkeo'


Price £8.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Creamy pink.

Also known as 'Fatamorgana'

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'Pink Perfection'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Large, shocking pink.

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Canna President

'President'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Scarlet.

A sturdy plant of medium height, with fleshy pale green foliage and large scarlet flowers.

Much beloved of London parks in years gone by.

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Canna Pretoria

'Pretoria'


Price £12.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Striped green and cream
Flower: Tangerine Orange.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. An exceptionally popular variety. Also known as 'Striata', 'Bengal Tiger', 'Palida', 'Malawiensis'.

The unique feature is the foliage, which is herringbone stripes, cream on green. It has exactly the same large orange flower as 'Durban (to which it is genetically related).

This is one of the best canna varieties, and one of the 'classics' of the canna world. It never fails to please.

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Canna Prince Charmant

'Prince Charmant'


Price: £8.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Pink

A delightful canna with well-shaped pale pink flowers with a touch of yellow. Bred in 1922 in France.


Canna Purpurea

'Purpurea'


Price £10.00 each

Quantity:

A giant variety, over 2 mtrs, with bronze foliage. Small orange flowers. Rather more upright growth (ie more fastigiate) than 'Russian Red', slightly taller, and the foliage is not as dark.

We supplied Wisley Garden with this variety in 2011 (see photos). See also 'Russian Red'

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Canna Queen Charlotte

'Queen Charlotte'

Also called 'Konigin Charlotte', 'Reine Charlotte'


Price £10.00 per plant

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Bicolour red with a yellow outer

An old variety, bred in Germany.

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Canna Richard Wallace

'Richard Wallace'

Sometimes named C. lutea


Price £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

An extremely vigorous canna which produces masses of new shoots each year.

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Canna Rbert Kemp

'Robert Kemp'

Sometimes named Canna compacta


Price £8.00 each
Available from April 2018

A species-type canna with rather small orange flowers and bright green foliage.

Medium height and very vigorous.


Canna Roi Humbert

'Roi Humbert'

Sometines called 'Red King Humbert'


Price 12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: very tall
Foliage: dark bronze.
Flower: large, dark orange/red.

An impressive plant for the herbaceous border.

The flowers remain somewhat funnel-shaped.

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Canna Roi Soleil

'Roi Soleil'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Deep red.


Canna Roma

'Roma'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green
Flower: Bicolour red and yellow.

Large flaccid flowers.

An "Italian Series" canna bred around 1900. There are several similar varieties, and we are not exactly sure of the name, particulatly since the patterning can be variable - some flower have more yellow, and some less. If anyone has an opinion on this please let us know.

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'Rosa Fuerta'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: large, Pink.

The name literally means "Strong Pink" in Spanish. Our stock came from Chile.


Canna Rosemond Coles

'Rosemond Coles'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Bicolour, red and yellow.

Although we say "medium height" it is actually a very stocky plant with thick bright green foliage, and large heavy flowers which are red on the front and yellow on the reverse.


Russian Red

'Russian Red'


Price £10.00 each.

Quantity:

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

A giant variety, 2 mtrs+, with very dark reddish bronze foliage. Small orange flowers.

Suitable for the larger garden, National Trust properties etc.

We identified this variety as an improved version of C. indica 'Purpurea' (it has bigger and darker leaves) which we named 'Russian Red' (don't ask why, it's a long story).

Very large apple-shaped rhizomes. We believe one of the varieties used for food. We've tried it, but not to our taste.

We submitted it to the 2002 RHS Canna Trial where it received the RHS AGM Award. 'Purpurea' was submitted to the same trial by the RHS itself, and failed to win an award. Nuff said!

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'Saladin'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Tall
Foliage: Dark Bronze.
Flower: Pink with silver sheen.

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'Salsa'


Price: £9.00 each
Presently out of stock

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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'Semaphore'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green.
Flower: Yellow with red speckles.

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Canna Shenandoah

'Shenandoah'


Price: £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Pale bronze
Flower: Shocking pink

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002. This is an old variety, and one of the most spectacular of the pink varieties.

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Singapore Girl

'Singapore Girl'


Price: £10.00 each
Quantity:

Height: Tall, 2mtrs
Foliage: Very big pale Green leaves
Flower: Tangerine orange.

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Large bright orange flowers, and a tall, bright green plant.


SocBelle

'Society Belle'


Price £9.00 each

Quantity:

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

RHS AGM Award 2002. An old variety with a new name and an interesting history. In 2002 RHS Wisley submitted a distinct but un-named cultivar to the canna trial. It was a variety widely grown and even naturalised in the wilder parts of the garden. It had no variety name so they simply called it C. indica cultivar. Within the year of the trial, the 3 rhizomes that they planted grew into an enormous clump, and so impressed the judges that they awarded it the coveted AGM Award. This variety then retreated into obscurity, but continued to be grown as a naturalised plant in the RHS garden. Pan forward to 2013. We had acquired specimens of this plant from the RHS, and we felt that it deserved to be marketed commercially. So we approached the RHS and suggested that a plant with the AGM award should be given a variety name. The RHS duly gave it the variety name 'Society Belle'.

It is a tall variety, around 2m, with green foliage lightly tinged bronze. It is very prolific, and is seemingly relatively hardy . It has small orange species-type flowers. It is distinct from 'Musifolia Grande' (ie it is not reminiscent of a banana plant), and distinct from 'Purpurea' (not so dark).

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Naturalised at Wisley Gardens


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'South Pacific'


Price (plants): £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short, 30cm.
Foliage: Green
Flower: Orange-red with a touch of yellow. Very attractive

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Stuttgart

'Stuttgart'


Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

A very unusual and distinctive canna. One of the tallest cannas, 2.5 meters, with narrow glaucous leaves variously striped and splashed with cream. Smallish apricot flowers.

The foliage always becomes disfigured by some cream areas turning brown, and there seems to be no way of preventing this. Certainly, growing them in the shade doesn't work and neither does high-potash fertiliser which is sometimes recommended. But even so, it is so vigorous that this minor fault may be overlooked. It is very popular at Wisley Garden.

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growing wild in Tartagal, northern Argentina


Canna Tali

'Tali'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Orange.

A short plant with distinctive orange flowers.

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Canna Triomphe

'Triomphe

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Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Bronze
Flower: Red.

A medium tall canna with dark bronze foliage and large red.

An old French variety

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'Tropical Rose

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Price (Plants): £9.00 each

Quantity:

The first of the Takii 'Tropical' series.

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: Pink

TROPICAL SERIES

This is a range of 6 varieties bred by Takii in Japan. All are very short (but not as short as the "Happy" series, which see). Fowering at around 0.3 meters to 0.5 meters (12" to 18").

They are suitable as border edging plants, and they can also be grown as pot plants in quite small pots. We recommend a 5 Litre pot (about 8") per plant.

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Tropical Yellow

'Tropical Yellow'


Price (Plants): £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: yellow with pink speckles


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'Tropical Red'


Price (Plants): £9.00 each
Now out of stock

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: Red


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'Tropical White'


Price (Plants): £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: White

There are not many white cannas and this is the only one that is short. It is also a good shade of white.


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'Tropical Salmon'


Price (Plants): £9.00 each
Now out of stock

Height: Short
Foliage: Green
Flower: Salmon


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'Tropical Bronze Scarlet'


Price (Plants): £7.50 each

Now out of stock .

Height: Short
Foliage: Dark Bronze
Flower: Dark red

In our opinion this is a shorter dwarf dark bronze canna than 'Cannova Bronze Red'


Canna Whithelm Pride

'Whithelm Pride'

Price £12.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: Green with a bronze blush with distinctive red stem and leaf veins.
Flower: Damask pink.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

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The photo below is of a single plant and was taken at the 2002 RHS Canna Trial.
Canna Trial


Canna Wintner's Colossal

'Wintner's Colossal'


Plants, £12.00 each.

Quantity:

Height: Very Tall
Foliage: Green
Flower: Orange-red.

A giant canna. Similar in growth to 'Lesotho Lil', but the flower is a more reddish shade of orange.

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Canna Wyoming

'Wyoming'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very tall, over 2mtrs
Foliage: leathery, very dark.
Flower: large, tangerine orange.

award of merit award of merit

RHS AGM Awards 1906 and 2002.

An old variety which is one of the all-time favourites.


photo at mansion House, London
photo at a park, Channel Isles, Jersey


Canna Yara

'Yara'


Price: £9.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium to short
Foliage: Green
Flower: yellow with red speckles.

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Water Cannas

This is a range of 4 varieties which are intended to be grown as water plants. They grow with the roots and crown totally immersed in water, but they can be grown equally well in the garden border, and seem just as drought-hardy as other cannas. They are all tall plants (2 metres).

They were bred in America (at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania) from C. glauca which is always found in shallow water. Like C. glauca, they all have narrow lance shaped glaucous (bluish) foliage, and attractive rather spidery flowers. There are 4 varieies: 'Ra' (yellow), 'Erebus' (pink), 'Endeavour' (red), 'Taney' (orange). All are named after ships (Erebus and Taney are American warships).

'Ra' is the most popular, followed by 'Erebus', and both were awarded AGM at the 2002 Wisley Canna Trial. We served on the Trials Committee (status Technical advisors as owners of the UK National Collection). 'Ra' was very popular with the Committee and was awarded AGM ststus as soon as the first flower opened. 'Erebus somewhat later. In our opinion 'Endeavour' should also have been awarded AGM. 'Taney' is not very good (though beauty is in the eye of the beholder).

In the Britich climate, Water Cannas usually die if left in the outdoor pond over winter. The rhizomes are very slender and often die during the winter even in glasshouses if allowed to go dormant. For this reason we recommend taking them out of the water and growing them through the winter as plants in a frost-free greenhouse. They are happy not standing in water.

Occasionally other canna varieties varieties are encountered with the prefix "Water Canna". These are imposters or wrongly named. In our opinion "Water Canna" refers to these four varieties bred at Longwood Gardens.

WATER CANNAS

Photo of water cannas 'Ra', 'Erebus', 'Endeavour' growing in water
(The pond is hidden)


WATER CANNA 'Ra'

WATER CANNA 'Ra'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very Tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Clear lemon yellow.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.

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WATER CANNA 'Erebus

WATER CANNA 'Erebus'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Pink.

award of merit

RHS AGM Award 2002.


WATER CANNA 'Endeavour

WATER CANNA 'Endeavour'


Price: £10.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Very Tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Red.


WATER CANNA 'Taney

WATER CANNA 'Taney'


Presently out of stock at present


Height: Very tall
Foliage: Glaucous green
Flower: Orange.

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CANNA SPECIES

These are the original wild cannas. They are all native to the tropical Americas. To read more about the natural history of canna species see: Canna Taxonomy

If anyone has canna species that we don't have we would be grateful if they would get in touch with us.


Canna compacta

C. compacta

Also known as 'Robert Kemp'


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Price: £8.00 each

Quantity:

Height: Medium
Foliage: green. Distinct.
Flower: orange, compact.


C. flaccida

C. flaccida


Plants: £8.00 each
In stock spring 2019

Soft pale green foliage and large flaccid yellow flowers the texture of tissue paper. Enormous seed pods. Medium height.

Night flowering, and reputedly fragrant, though we find the scent difficult to detect. Believed to be in the parentage of many floral varieties. It is native to the Florida Everglades whete it is known as "Bandana of the Everglades". On of our contacts says you usually find it where yoyu find alligators. It normally grows in shallow water although it will grow equally well in the garden border.

A collectors item, we find it needs hot conditions to flower. It performs better in a greenhouse than outdoors where the buds often turn to mildew. It is night flowering and pollinated by moths. Each flower lasts barely more than a day.

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C. glauca

C. glauca



Price £8.00 each
Quantity:

Very narrow reed-like foliage of a glaucous (blueish) hue. Fairly large pale yellow spidery but attractive flowers. A deservedly popular garden plant which can be grown in the pond.

Natively found growing in shallow water throughout the tropical Americas, from the southern USA to Chile and Argentina, and in the West Indies.

It will grow equally well in the garden border.

This species is the parent of the "Water Cannas"

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C. indica sanctae rosea


Price £8.00 each

Quantity:

Height short to medium. Foliage bright green. A tiny flowered subspecies of C. indica. The flowers are yellow with red speckles particularly on the labellum. The flowers are carried high over the foliage.


C. jacobiniflora

C. jacobiniflora


Price £8.00 each

Quantity:

Discovered in Argentina as recently as 1988. A fairly tall canna with orange flowers which remain almost closed. The species name jacobiniflora means the flowers are hooded like a Jacobin monk's hood.


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C. jaegeriana

Presently out of stock

A tall plant with green foliage and small but distinctive orange flowers. Native to various islands in the West Indies. Rather more tender than other cannas.

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C. paniculata



Presently out of stock

Tall plant with green paddle-shaped foliage. We find it rather more tender than other cannas.


C. patens

C. patens

Also known as C. limbata, C. braziliensis


Plants, Price: £8.00 each

Quantity:

A small wiry plant with small green leaves and rather slender stems. Very floriferous. Attractive bi-coloured flowers.

A large clump has grown in the Temperate House at RBG Kew for many years.

Sometimes seen as C. braziliensis.

Another photo Growing at Kew gardens, Temperate House


C. turckheimii

C. tuerckheimii


Price £10.00

Quantity:

Very big pale green plant with giant leaves and tubular orange flowers. Makes a good foliage plant. We find it rather more tender than other cannas. Our stock came from Belize.


C. warszewiczii

C. warszewiczii


Plants, Price: £8.00 each .

Quantity:

A very attractive fairly short species with olive-green wavy-edged leaves and small but brilliant red flowers. It is quite distinct, and is garden-worthy both for flowers and foliage. The red seed pods are also distinctive.

Note: the name is pronounced "var-shay-vishi-eye". We have also seen this species sold under the name 'Hot Shot' which is easier to pronounce.

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Seeds

Canna seeds for sale will be added shortly

Notes on growing Cannas from seed

Very few cannas can be grown from seeds. In general, the species (ie cannas that grow wild in nature) can be grown from seeds, but the garden hybrids are usually sterile and don't produce seeds. Those garden hybrids that do produce seeds usually don't come true (ie the the flower of the seedling is not like the flower of the parent. There are some exceptions to this general rule.

Canna seed needs to be scarified. It then needs to be grown in a humid atmosphere of 28C to 30C (ie very hot). It then germinates in 7 to 10 days. The short and medium height cannas grown from seed generally mature and flower the same year if sown January/February.

Some seed we produce ourselves and some we obtain from suppliers.


Our Canna Trial 2019

Date: Friday 23 August 2018 to Monday 26 August 2019. Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm .

Access for wheelchairs (except for toilet). plenty of parking.

We will be showing:

1. All the cannas of our catalogue, plus other cannas from our National Collection of Cannas, plus any other varieties that growers care to send us.

2. Dave and Celeste will be showing their collection of other sub-tropical plants, such as colocasias, alocasias, gingers, bananas, etc.

For further details see our website:
www.canna-trial-international.com


Flower Shows 2019

We are exhibiting at the following RHS shows:

MALVERN SPRING SHOW. 9 to 123 May 2019.

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW 2 to 7 July 2019.


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