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Canna iridiflora

Indian shot plant

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourBright pink
  • Leaf ColourVariegated green-purple

Description

Canna iridiflora (Indian shot plant). An upright perennial native to Peru with broadly elliptic bright green foliage and panicles of large, bright pink, trumpet-shaped flowers in mid summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Peru

Interest and use

Grown for their striking flowers and ornamental foliage. They are generally used for summer-bedding displays and container growing. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 10-15C and will require a warm, sunny position and humus-rich moist soil. If grown under glass or for summer bedding, encourage into growth in spring at 16C and store rhizomes in slightly damp soil or peat in winter.

Propagation

You can propagate in the spring or by division in the winter or by seed. They need a minimum of 20C to germinate.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites can cause a problem under glass.

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