Friday, 12 September 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Aida'

A medium sized Premier Group cultivar; green foliage; flowers are old-rose tinged with salmon, staminodes are large, edges lightly frilled, stamen is marked with gold, good bloomer; fertile both ways, not known if true to type, not self-pollinating; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white; tillering is average.

One of the Opera series of Canna bred by Howard and Smith Nursery of Los Angeles, USA in the 1930's. This series were added to by Wayside Gardens Nurseries in the USA by including C. 'Rosenkavalier', bred by the German house of Wilhelm Pfitzer.

See illustration below from the Henry Fields catalogue of 1969.

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