Synonym: C. 'Louise Cotton'. It is not known who introduced this cultivar.
Named for Louis Emile Cottin, who attempted to assassinate the French president and fought in the Durruti Column in the Spanish Civil War. Nicknamed Milou, born 14 March 1896 - Creil, France, died 8 September 1937 - Farlete, Spain.
Born 14th March 1896 at Creil, Emile Cottin was raised at Compiegne in a working class family, becoming a carpenter-cabinet maker. He starting reading Zola and became interested in libertarian ideas.
From a breeding perspective, this is one of the best seed parents around, producing full, round Premier Group flowers, and the colour combinations it can produce are not yet exhausted. Anyone wanting to begin experimenting with new Canna varieties could not do better than to start using this one as a seed parent.