Thursday, 3 September 2009

Canna 'Vesuv'

This ancient variety really looks like a volcano in full flight. Although primarily a foliage plant this one has very special flowers as well.
A medium sized Foliage Group cultivar; light green foliage, ovoid shaped, white margin, branching habit; oval stems, coloured green; flowers are erect, red and orange, staminodes are long and narrow, petals red, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not true to type, self-pollinating; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is prolific.
Introduced by A. Crozy, Lyon, France in 1870.

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