Writing in Garden and Forest of May 23, 1894, Professor Liberty Hyde Bailey described it as having foliage dark maroon and green, very similar in coloring to the old Robusta Perfecta, although more erect in habit; very compact, throwing up numerous heads of bloom which rank with the best in quality, both in size of the heads and quality of the flower; color, bright cherry. Will be particularly sought after, as it is undoubtedly the best dark-leaved sort at the present time for outdoor bedding. Bronze Medal awarded for this at World's Fair, Chicago, 1893.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Revisiting Canna 'Egandale'
A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, branching habit; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured cherry-red, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, 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.