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CANNA (TROPICANNA™ BLACK)

Image of Canna 'Lon01' (TROPICANNA™ BLACK, TROPICANNA™ SERIES) PPAF

Jesse Saylor

Family

Cannaceae

Botanical Name

CANNA 'Lon01'( TROPICANNA™ BLACK, TROPICANNA™ SERIES) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Canna, Tropicanna Black Canna, Tropicanna™ Black Canna

General Description

Dark, tropical-looking foliage makes this Canna a superior selection for dramatic planting design.

Cannas are easy-to-grow, large, tropical to sub-tropical herbaceous plants. Most species originate from tropical America, but almost all cultivated varieties are hybrids. Where hardy, they are grown as perennials and in colder regions they are commonly grown as vigorous tender perennials,

The exciting Tropicanna™ Black features very dark purple, nearly black leaves that fade slightly as they age. It blooms from midsummer to frost but may flower nearly year around in exceptionally mild climates. Its exotic looking flowers have lily-like orange-red petals. Their leaves offer a course texture to the garden, and their colorful blossoms attract insect pollinators and hummingbirds.

Canna's thick fleshy rhizomes transplant and divide easily. In temperate zones, they may be dug and brought into a cool, dry garage or basement to over winter and then planted again in spring after the last frost date.

Canna is amazingly adaptable. Plants prefer full sun and rich moist to wet soil but can be surprisingly drought tolerant if faced with a bout of dry weather. 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.

Tropicanna™ Black will offer fabulous color to drab gardens with excessive green foliage. It is coveted by modern garden designers who feature it in beds, containers and specimen plants.

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

  • Height

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • 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

    Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Burgundy, Black

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Burgundy, Black

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Burgundy, Black

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No