Monday, 10 November 2008

Visit Canna 'Orange Julius'

A small Italian Group cultivar; dark foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, branching habit; oval stems, coloured purple; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured orange, staminodes are large, edges lightly frilled, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, low bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is slow.

At times, looks like a smaller version of C. 'Wyoming', however that one is orange with red markings and variations, whereas this one is orange with golden-yellow tendencies.

Nothing seems to be known about this cultivar, it has not appeared in any research information I have seen, and never featured in any of the garden catalogues from the early 1900's. My guess is that the name has been given to an unnamed specimen in more recent times. Maybe the Mühle book will throw up some clues when we get that translated from early German to English.

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