When Mr Donnie Hallman of Deersprings Nursery, South Carolina, USA announced his new introductions for 2002, it aroused a large amount of interest. There were four new cultivars, amongst which was Canna 'Autumn Dragon'.
Mr Hallman commented that "The flowers are light sherbet to peach. Foliage is dark. This is one of the lightest colored flowers on a dark leaf on the market. Great contrast between the foliage and the flower. Excellent! 3 ft. Tall." The breeding is C. 'Louis Cottin' x C. 'Rosy Leaf'