Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Revisiting Canna 'Feuerzauber'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green and purple variegated foliage, ovoid shaped, maroon margin, branching habit; flowers are open, self-coloured orange-red, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, stamen is pale yellow with orange-red edge and marks, petals purple, 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 prolific.

Introduced by W. Pfitzer, Stadt Felbach, Stuttgart, Germany, EU in 1922. Inevitably, the name has been changed according to the country selling it. This is not the easiest name for non-German speakers to live with. So, we have the following synonyms: C. 'Feau Magique', C. 'Feu Magique', C. 'Feur Zauber', C. 'Fire Magic'.

At one this name was also applied to C. 'Australia' but this was mistaken, as C. 'Feuerzauber' is a Crozy Group cultivar and C. 'Australia' is an Italian Group variety.

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