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CANNA 'Durban'

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Botanical Name

CANNA 'Durban'

Plant Common Name

Canna, Canna Lily, Durban Canna

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General Description

Cannas are easy-to-grow, tropical to sub-tropical herbaceous plants that originate from tropical North, Central and South America. There are approximately 50 species and hundreds of hybrid cultivars.

Grown as perennials or tender perennials, these ornamentals offer bold, often colorful, foliage and showy lily-like flowers that come in shades of red, yellow, orange, salmon, pink or rose. The flowers appear in clusters atop stiff upright stems and attract hummingbirds. Selections like the wonderfully showy ‘Striata’, with its yellow and green striped foliage and tangerine flowers, help illustrate why these are popular ornamentals. Some species, like the enormous bold-leaved Canna musifolia are also highly desirable ornamentals.

Cannas are amazingly adaptable. They prefer full sun to partial sun and rich moist to wet soil but can be surprisingly drought tolerant if faced with a bout of dry weather. Plants are borne from thick fleshy rhizomes that transplant and divide easily. In temperate zones, they may be dug and brought into a cool, dry garage or basement to overwinter and then planted again in spring after the last frost date.

Use these in containers, waterside gardens or as focal points in any bed or border. Though tolerant of wet soils, they will not tolerate deep standing water.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time


  • Native To

    Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold, Rose, Salmon, Coral, Peach, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red, Orange Red, Dark Salmon

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Gray Green, Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green, Orange, Light Green, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Orange, Light Green, Lime Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold, Burgundy, Crimson, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Attracts


  • Self-Sowing