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Canna indica

Indian shot plant

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (222067)

Plant details

Canna's are perfect for adding a touch of the tropics to the garden. Found growing wild in South America, this plant has lush green foliage and bright red flowers, which appear from mid-summer until mid-autumn. Either grow its rhizomes in containers or plant outside in a sunny spot. Bring indoors before the first frosts and overwinter the rhizomes in barely moist compost in a frost-free place. The following spring, pot up into fresh compost and gradually increase watering.

Family: Cannaceae

Genus: Canna

Species: indica

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 220cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: August to October


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