Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Canna 'Meyerbeer'

A medium sized Premier Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; panicles of flowers are cupped, gold heavily spotted with red, staminodes are large, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is slow.

David Clulow in Venezuela reports: "I would rate this as one of the greatest, if not the greatest Canna. It has the most incredibly spotted flower in any Genus I have seen. The flowers are huge, open well and are held way above the disease resistant foliage. It is constantly in flower all the year around and everybody who sees it wants it. It is self-cleaning and also an excellent parent both as a female and as a male."

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