Friday, 26 October 2007

Pfitzer goes International, 1893

The Columbian Exposition

The German department at the World's Fair shows two Cannas, in its collection on the wooded island, which appear to be new to America. One is C. ‘Germania’, a plant of the C. ‘Madame Crozy’ type, with very large, bright light red flowers faintly margined with gold and having a yellow throat. C. ‘Kaiser Wilhelm II’ is a taller plant, with flowers of clear red. Both are shown by William Pfitzer, of Stuttgart, who has also sent for exhibition a painting of a new Canna which he calls Königen Charlotte. The picture, see above, shows an enormous truss of the Madame Crozy type, but with a broader band of gold and five very large and well-developed petals.

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