Wednesday, 27 August 2008

The National Bedding Plant of the USA

The 1915 Catalogue of the Conard & Jones Co, USA, proudly exclaimed that Canna was the National Plant of the USA. Now bear in mind that Conard & Jones were the world's largest rose growers and were later responsible for introducing Rosa 'Peace' after World War 2, and yet here they were proclaiming the Canna as the USA's National Bedding Plant! Antoine (Leon) Wintzer was responsible for introducing the companies new varieties.

Although the image above is difficult to read, the various text boxes are shown below.

"This series of large Canna beds bespeaks more clearly than words the high favor in which our Cannas are held by the Department of Agriculture and those in charge of beautifying the public gardens of our Nation's Capital."

So, there we have it! At one point in history the Canna was seriously considered to be the National Plant of the USA and Leon Wintzer, who introduced so many of the Cannas mentioned, was considered to be the leading breeder of his day.

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