Saturday, 20 December 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Black Knight'

A small Italian Group cultivar; purple foliage, oval shaped, arching habit; round stems, coloured purple; flowers are reflexed, self-coloured crimson-maroon, staminodes are large, edges regular, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, low bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile.

Introduced by S. Percy-Lancaster, Alipore Cannas, Calcutta, India.
The earliest reference is in "An Indian Garden" by S. Percy-Lancaster published 1928. In the collection of the Royal Agri-Horticultural Society , Alipore, Calcutta, India. Dr. Khoshoo & Dr. I. Guha: Evolution of Cultivated Canna 1966. Synonym: C. 'Black Velvet'

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