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CANNA 'Kansas City'

Image of Canna 'Kansas City'

Family

Cannaceae

Botanical Name

CANNA 'Kansas City'

Plant Common Name

Canna, Canna Lily, Kansas City Canna

General Description

A tropical-looking perennial with fleshy rhizomes (underground stems), ‘Kansas City’ canna has large upright leaves, striped in chartreuse and blue-green, on a stalk topped by golden yellow flowers. The flowers open in succession, continue from spring into autumn, and attract hummingbirds. Cut spent stems before they make seeds to encourage the growth of new stems and prolong flowering.

Native to South and Central America, cannas are grown as annuals in temperate zones. Their rhizomes are dug in autumn and brought into a cool, dry garage or basement to overwinter and then planted again in spring after the last frost date. They transplant and divide easily. In milder climates, the rhizomes are hardy in the ground over winter and new leaves emerge in late spring.

Cannas are amazingly adaptable, growing on almost any soil. They grow and flower best in full sun and rich, moist to wet soil but can be surprisingly drought tolerant if faced with dry weather. Use ‘Kansas City’ in containers, waterside gardens, shallow ponds, or as bold focal points in a bed or border. Though tolerant of wet soils and shallow water, it does not tolerate deep standing water.

Characteristics

  • 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

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Indeterminate

  • 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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Gold, Dark Salmon

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No