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Canna Canna americanallis var. variegata

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Phonetic Spelling
KAN-uh a-mer-ih-KAY-na-liss
Description

Canna Americanallis, or Bengal Tiger, is a Canna cultivar with green leaves and striking yellow stripes (variegated) and showy orange flowers perched on stalks that can rise 6 feet. The gently spreading foliage can also reach lengths of more than 5 feet, which makes it a great plant for background or if you need height in your garden. Canna Americanallis prefers rich, mildly acidic soil, consistent watering (it does not like to dry out) and can be grown in up to 6 inches of water during the summer. If you plan to use it as a water plant, gradually introduce it to aquatic life.

Seed and pollen of this plant have very low fertility levels and more success with propagation is likely with dividing and harvesting bulbs for storage indoors over winter and planted in the spring. The rhizomes are thick, over an inch in diameter and, if that is your strategy, consider growing the plant in a 5 gallon pot that can be removed from the water garden in fall and the rhizomes stored indoors..

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bengal Tiger'
    Striped leaves
  • 'Pretoria'
Tags:
#tropical#showy flowers#water garden#fall flowers#foliage#perennial#perennial bulb#orange flowers#variegated foliage#interesting leaves#wet sites#summer flowers#tall#wet
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bengal Tiger'
    Striped leaves
  • 'Pretoria'
Tags:
#tropical#showy flowers#water garden#fall flowers#foliage#perennial#perennial bulb#orange flowers#variegated foliage#interesting leaves#wet sites#summer flowers#tall#wet
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Canna
    Species:
    americanallis
    Family:
    Cannaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Bulb Storage:
    Indoors overwinter in a dry space with moderate temperature.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Water Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    Bright melon-orange flower 3" petals and sepals blushed a darker, red in places with yellow on edges. Petals are strongly flushed red. The flower has a crumpled silk appearance.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Spreading leaves. Veins variegated yellow, but paler in places with maroon edge to leaf.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Upright stems reaching more than 6 feet.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil