Canna indica 'Purpurea'

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A highly ornamental plant which, with both its handsome green or bronze foliage and exotic blooms in brilliant shades of red, pink and yellow, gives any border a taste of the tropics. Also excellent when grown in large pots in the greenhouse. The fleshy rhizomes can be started off in pots indoors in spring, ready for planting out in early summer. Lift the rhizomes in late autumn and overwinter in a frost-proof place.

Family: Cannaceae

Genus: Canna

Species: indica

Cultivar: Purpurea

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

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Do I remove foliage before potting up

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