Thursday, 27 November 2008

Discovering Canna 'Admiral Schley'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; oval stems, coloured green; flowers are scarlet with a narrow yellow margin; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is average.

This cultivar featured in the 1908 RHS Outdoor Canna Trials at their Wisley gardens, England, EU. It was named for Admiral Winfield Scott Schley (9 October 1839 - 2 October 1911). One of the USA's most distinguished naval heros, his most famous exploit was the Battle of Santiago de Cuba where he commanded the US fleet which completely destroyed the Spanish squadron that tried to run a blockade of the port.

We have twice been offered this variety in exchanges, but the trades never materialised. It is obviously still being grown in the USA in private collections.

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