Sunday, 27 April 2008

Introducing Canna 'Arne Dalebö'

A medium sized Italian Group cultivar; green and purple variegated foliage, large, oval-acuminate shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; oval stems, coloured purple; panicles of flowers are open, red-orange streaked with scarlet, throat orange-red, staminodes are large, edges frilled, labellum is orange-red, stamen is orange-red, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is prolific. Introduced by Malcolm Dalebö, Claines Canna Collection, Worcester, England, EU in 2006.

Named for Arne Dalebö, who, in 1940 fled to the Shetland Isles from Norway in a stolen fishing boat, to escape the pursuing Gestapo, and fought on in the Royal Norwegian Airforce in the R.A.F. No. 331 (Norwegian) Squadron. The squadron defended London from 1941 onwards, and was the highest scoring fighter squadron in South England during the war.

Sport of C. ‘Nero’.

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