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Why We’ve Stopped Selling Cannas (Except One)

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ALBERICH, 1949
One of our most sensuous cannas, ‘Alberich’ blooms in arching sprays of big, languorous bells of a soft, luscious, creamy peach. One of the top award-winners at the 2002 RHS Canna Trials, it’s named for the elf-king in Germanic myth (and Wagner’s operas) who forges an all-powerful gold ring. Look for it inside these flowers! 3-4 feet, green leaves, from Missouri. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above.
AMERICA, 1893
Yes, we canna! From one small rhizome of this inspiring canna, we’ve finally built up enough to share. Over dark burgundy-bronze leaves, its flowers glow like, well, the rockets red glare. It was one of the first great “orchid-flowering” cannas bred from C. flaccida, the native canna of the southeastern states, and we can’t think of a better time to grow it than right now. 4-6 feet, from Missouri. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above.
ASSAUT, 1920
It’s not just red, it’s EXQUISITE! We shivered with pleasure when ‘Assaut’ (say “Ah-SO”) first bloomed here. Its leaves are bluish-bronze and its voluptuous flowers are a pure, dark, luscious crimson that positively glows. Try one and we bet you’ll never scorn red cannas again! 4-6 feet, from Missouri. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above.
BANGKOK, 1923
A harmony of green and gold, jaunty little ‘Bangkok’ has pin-striped leaves, wine-red buds, and sunny yellow, white-striped flowers. Some experts claim it came from Thailand in 1923 as ‘Tinacria Variegata.’ A.k.a. ‘Striped Beauty’, ‘Nirvana’, ‘Minerva’, and ‘Christ’s Light’. 3-4 feet, from Oklahoma. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above. Widely available elsewhere.
CENTENAIRE DE ROZAIN-BOUCHARLAT, 1920?
Deep, deep rose-pink, astonishingly deep and pure, in flowers so graceful we bet they’ll remind you of frangipani leis and tropical butterflies. Though we tend to call it simply ‘Centenaire’, its full name honors the centennial of a Parisian nursery famed for its pink cannas. Green leaves, 4 feet, from Missouri and France. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above.
CITY OF PORTLAND, 1915
A tiny edging of gold highlights the deep rosy-peach petals of this 20th century American classic. Connoisseur Ian Cooke calls it “utterly reliable and very generous” with its blooms. Green leaves, 4-6 feet, from Oklahoma. Last offered web-only in spring 2007. Learn more above. Widely available elsewhere.
CLEOPATRA, 1895
Most petals of this “Harlequin Canna” are yellow dotted with red, but some are all red or divided right down the middle, half yellow, half red. Its green leaves often show a stripe or two of bronze, too. Every day it’s a new surprise! Documented in California nurseries by 1895. 3-5 feet, from Oklahoma. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above. Available elsewhere.
EN AVANT, 1914
Like molten lava or the feathers of some exotic bird, the broad blossoms of ‘En Avant’ (“Forward!”) are brightly speckled with fiery orange-red dots. “One of the best,” says expert Ian Cooke. Plant it where you can enjoy it up close! Green leaves, 4-6 feet, from France and Missouri. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more above.
FIREBIRD, 1911
Our shortest canna, spritely ‘Firebird’ is perfect for containers and small gardens. Is that why our customers buy so much of it? Or do its slender scarlet flowers over dark green leaves remind them of tropical wildflowers? A.k.a. ‘Oiseau de Feu’, by Vilmorin-Andrieux, 2-3 feet, from Oklahoma. Last offered in spring 2010. Learn more. Widely available elsewhere.
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