Canna generalis

("Canna lily / Indian shot")

Canna generalis

Cannas add an almost tropical look to your garden with their large, bold ornamental banana-like foliage (which is either bright green, bronze, maroon or variegated) that is topped with somewhat orchidlike flowers on large spikes. Group them as accent plants (for vertical structure) in your garden or containers. There is a wide variation in heights among the various cultivars. If you do not want 5-6 ft/150-180 cm tall cannas look for the dwarf varieties under the series-names of 'Pfitzer' or 'Futurity' that grow only 3-4 ft/90-120 cm tall. Cannas are low maintenance plants and their flowers will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Mid Summer continuous into mid Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun

What Color Will the Flower Be?

See 'popular varieties'

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

16 in / 40 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

3 in / 8 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

24-72 in / 60-180 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In flower beds, large borders and containers.

Other Popular Varieties

'Firebird' (red), 'Lucifer' (red, edged yellow), 'Pfitzer Primrose Yellow' (canary yellow), 'Pretoria' (orange, variegated foliage), 'Red Futurity' (red, burgundy foliage) 'Red King Humbert' (red, bronze foliage), 'Richard Wallace' (yellow) and 'Wyoming' (orange, bronze foliage).

About the Family

Canna Family

Native to the tropics and subtropics of Central and South America, although for foliage and floral display they cannot rival their modern hybrids developed in Europe which are also more suitable for growing in more temperate climates. The name canna originates from the Celtic word for a cane or reed.

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