Friday, 19 September 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Cherry Red'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured cherry-red, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, labellum is cherry-red, petals red with farina, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is average.

Introduced by W. Pfitzer, Stadt Felbach, Stuttgart, Germany, EU. The old family nursery of Wilhelm Pfitzer, established in the 1840's, did not use it's name as a prefix when naming it's cultivars, this appears to be a marketing ploy by some nurseries in the USA, where the respected name of Pfitzer added prestige to the humble name given by the originators.

Synonyms: C. 'Pfitzer’s Cherry Red'

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