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Canna indica Island Series

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Stunning tropical flowers

Exotic cannas will bring a touch of the tropics to your garden or patio through the summer months. Growing to around 90cm (3ft) with large, architectural leaves they create an impact even before the spikes of brilliantly coloured orchid-like blooms emergre. Use them to add impact  amongst herbaceous perennials or as feature plants on the patio. They are at their best from midsummer and work well with other 'hot' coloured plants such as crocosmia, rudbecckia and helenium.


Plant in full sun in beds and borders or grow in pots on the patio or balcony.


Any well drained fertile soil or good growing medium. Cannas are not hardy. Cut back to ground in winter and overwinter indoors or protect planting position. 

Closely related to ginger and bananas

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - October
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

If planting in open ground or in containers the method is the same. Simply dig a hole approximately three times as deep as the bulb is long - from pointy end to base. Place the bulb in the hole with the point of shoots facing upwards and replace the soild firming in gently. If planting in poorly drained soil add a handfull of course grit to the bottom of the planting hole.

Planting site Cottage garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September