Sunday, 25 October 2009

Canna 'Arne Dalebö'

A medium sized Italian Group cultivar; green and purple variegated foliage, large, oval-acuminate shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; oval stems, coloured purple; panicles of flowers are open, red-orange streaked with scarlet, throat orange-red, staminodes are large, edges frilled, labellum is orange-red, stamen is orange-red, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is prolific. 

Introduced by Malcolm Dalebö, Claines Canna Collection, Worcester, England, EU in 2006. Sport of C. ‘Nero’. Named for Arne Dalebö, who was a member of the Norwegian resistance and in 1940 sailed to the Shetland Isles from Norway in a stolen fishing boat, to escape pursuing German Gestapo, serving for the duration of the war in the RAF 331 (Norwegian) squadron.

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