Keith always asserts that when you buy a packaged dry rhizome you always get three things:
- a name
- a picture
- a rhizome
That certainly seems the case with the one on the left above. Canna 'La Gloire' is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; round stems, coloured purple; flowers are open, self-coloured apricot, staminodes are large, edges irregular, labellum is apricot, petals purple, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is average. Introduced by Vilmorin-Andrieux, France, EU in 1920.
The one in the picture looks like a red, and it certainly is not apricot. So, it waits to be seen if the rhizome matches the above description, or is something totally different.
Cynically, I am tempted to add that you always get a fourth item - Canna virus!
Club secretary's or garden centres in the South of England wanting an interesting presentation should contact Keith and Christine at Hart Canna.