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Canna indica

Canna indica
Canna indica

Common name arrowroot
Family cannaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers various colors (summer)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil

Grown both for dramatic foliage and flashy flowers. We grew them for a few years when we first started gardening in Pennsylvania, where cannas are not hardy. We'd lift them every fall – until I forgot one year. Years later, a colleague gave me a bunch of tubers when it was already fairly late in the season. I quickly planted them in a few places around the garden, and some started blooming in September.
Now that we're in Houston, cannas should be perfectly hardy – no more lifting tubers in fall! We picked a few varieties up at a local nursery, to plant around our pond: Wyoming (red), Orange Beauty, and King City Gold. That was in September, so I figured they were done for the year, but they surprised us by continuing to bloom well into November

'Orange Beauty'
Canna indica
'King City Gold' in mid-November
'King City Gold' takes the prize for first bloom, mid-March

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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