Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Revisiting Canna 'J.C. Vaughan'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green and purple variegated foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, branching habit; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured fuchsia, throat pale pink, staminodes are narrow, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is average.

This one was mentioned several time in the Garden and Forest Magazine, in the 1890's, but no clue to the introducer. It could be that this is another variety created by Crozy in France, and sold to Vaughan's the venerable American nurserymen, who named it for one of the family members, as they did with Canna 'Florence Vaughan' about the same time. However, that is speculation, and some research on this one is still required.

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