Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Revisiting Canna 'Corsica'

A small Premier Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, spreading habit; round stems, coloured green; panicles of flowers are reflexed, apricot having a pink blush and with a saffron-yellow margin, throat gold, staminodes are large, edges ruffled, labellum is marked with gold, stamen is gold with apricot markings, petals red, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and pink; tillering is prolific.

Introduced by Takii & Co., Japan. in late 1990's. One of the Island Series, in total there are: C. 'Corsica', C. 'Gran Canaria', C. 'Kreta', and C. 'Madeira'. They were originally propagated as meristem cultures and distributed as small plugs, but apparently Canna does not lend itself easily to that form of culture and they have been removed from widespread commercial production.

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