Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Revisiting Canna 'Wintzer's Colossal'

A tall Italian Group cultivar; green foliage, ovoid shaped, branching habit; flowers are open, self-coloured red, staminodes are large, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is average.

Introduced by Antoine Wintzer of The Conard & Jones Co., West Grove, PA, USA.

When reading the nursery catalogues from 100 years ago, we see fantastic claims being made for this cultivar. The flower size was reputed to be 6" across, totally ridiculous, unless we have lost the original and are now growing a poor substitute. Yes, it's a large flower, but in no way does it measure up to the nurserymen claims of 100 years ago. Personally, I think that marketing took over from reality.

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