Friday, 26 December 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Assaut'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; round stems, coloured purple; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured scarlet, staminodes are large, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; seed is fertile, pollen is low fertile, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose.

Introduced by Vilmorin-Andrieux in 1921.

Grown especially for its distinctive bronze foliage at Kew Gardens, where it is usually placed by the doors of the glass houses.

Synonyms: C. 'Assault', C. 'Black Night', C. 'Hercule', C. 'La Fayette', C. 'Lafayette', C. 'Vainquer', C. 'Vainqueur', C. 'Vorwärts', C. 'Vorwörts'

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