Thursday, 11 September 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Africa'

A tall Italian Group cultivar; bronze foliage, ovoid shaped, branching habit; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured orange-red, throat gold, staminodes are large, edges lightly frilled, petals purple, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is prolific.

Introduced by C. Sprenger, Dammann & Co., Naples, Italy, EU in 1898.

Research indicates that the first mention of this heritage cultivar is in the RHS Journal of 1898, the last record is Tropical Plants and Gardening, H.F. MacMillan, 5th Edition, 1954.

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