Thursday, 26 June 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Sky Hawk'

Margaret being dwarfed by Canna 'Skyhawk'. and the photograph was taken in August, when there was still much of the growing season left.
A giant Foliage Group cultivar; dark chocolate foliage, very large, ovoid shaped, maroon margin, spreading habit; oval stems, coloured green + purple; spikes of flowers are erect, self-coloured orange-red, staminodes are long and narrow, edges regular, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not true to type, self-pollinating, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 7 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is prolific. Introduced by Johnny K. Johnson, USA.

This is the giant of our collection. J.J. excelled himself with this one. Red-edged, chocolate coloured gigantic leaves on red stems. The flowers are carried so high you won't reach them without a ladder. They are long spikes of large orange/red orchid shaped blooms. Size up to 3.3m (11').

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