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Canna 'Musifolia' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange in Autumn

Foliage

Bronze and Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

canna 'Musifolia'

Family

Cannaceae


Canna are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with erect stems bearing ovate leaves, with showy flowers with showy petal-like staminodes and small, coloured petals and sepals, borne in racemes or panicles in summer and autumn

'Musifolia' is an imposing foliage plant to 3m tall, with leaves to 90cm long, flushed with bronze on the midribs and margins; small orange flowers are not produced freely

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Needs a sheltered, warm site and plenty of watering. In autumn, rhizomes can be lifted and stored in a frost-free place or, in mild gardens leave them in the ground but cover with dry mulch.

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Leave to die back in autumn

Pests

Caterpillars, glasshouse red spider mite and aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a virus