Sunday, 16 August 2009

Canna 'The President'

A medium sized Premier Group cultivar; green foliage, large, oval shaped, spreading habit; oval stems, coloured green + purple; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured scarlet (RHS 44A), staminodes are large, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is average.

Introduced by Antoine Wintzer of The Conard & Jones Co., West Grove, PA, USA in 1920. Earliest reference is USA in 1923.

Synonyms: C. 'Fireside', C. 'L’Aiglon', C. 'President', C. 'Red Spiritiae'


  1. I love both the red and pink President. Can you tell me some that grow 10 feet tall?

  2. Hello Carol,

    Canna 'Pink President' is just a synonym for C. 'Mrs Alfred F. Conard', some nurserymen just tried to exploit the President name.

    Most of the very tall growers are some of the wild species and the Foliage Group, top of my list would be C. 'Sky Hawk' and I would suggest that you try Karchesky Canna first, as you can be sure that you will get the genuine article from them.