Thursday, 15 October 2009

Canna 'Annei'

A tall aquatic Foliage Group cultivar, equally at home as a water marginal or in the border; glaucous green foliage, oval-acuminate shaped, upright habit; round stems, coloured green; flowers are erect, self-coloured salmon, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, petals red, late bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is fertile; tillering is prolific. 

Introduced by Théodore Année in 1848. It is a very tall foliage plant, growing up to 300cm (9'9"), and topped by interesting small flowers that start in August and continue through to the first frosts. There are few plants with more architectural significance than a well-grown specimen of C. Annei in a prominent position.
The earliest known book on Canna is "Le Canna" by M. Chaté and Sons, 1866, which provides us with the correct spelling of this cultivars name. This is the world's first Canna hybrid, introduced in 1848. Winner of Royal Horticultural Societies 'Award of Garden Merit' (AGM) at the 2002 Wisley outdoor trials, 154 years later.
Synonyms: C. 'glauca var. annaei Petersen', C. 'Omega'

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