Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Centenaire de Rozain-Boucharlat'

A medium sized Premier Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, green margin, spreading habit; oval stems, coloured green; flowers are open, self-coloured cerise, staminodes are large, edges irregular, labellum is cerise with gold markings, stamen is cerise with gold markings, style is gold, petals red with farina, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white; tillering is slow.

Introduced by the partnership of Messrs Rozain and Boucharlat, one of the oldest French nursery houses, to celebrate their first 100 years of trading in 1930.

The true pink colour was one of the Holy Grails for early Canna growers, and this was the first cultivar that could claim to have achieved a "true" pink colour.

Synonyms: C. 'Centenaire', C. 'Centenaire de Rozain Boucharlat', C. 'Centenaire de Rozain-Bourcharlat'

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