Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Aphrodite'

A medium sized Premier Group cultivar; dark (137A) foliage, oblong shaped, maroon margin, spreading habit; round stems, coloured purple; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured salmon, staminodes are large, labellum is pink (51A), stamen is pink, petals red, good bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is average.

Introduced by P. Schmid. Awards: Royal Horticultural Society, England – Canna Trial 2002, AGM after trial at Wisley 2002, submitted by Hart Cannas. A.M.-B.C. 1971.

However, Brunning's Catalogue, of 1906 describes an earlier cultivar with this name, it was described as broad green leaves, immense trusses of bloom, golden yellow, with large salmon spots, inner petals salmon. It feautured in the 1908 RHS Outdoor Trials, and was described in Das Geschlecht der Canna, by Árpád Mühle in 1910, with the bredding being attributed to C. Sprenger, Dammann & Co., Naples, Italy, EU. It was also mentioned in Standardized Plant Names, 1942.

It is rumoured that the original cultivar is still grown in Austral-Asia.

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