Saturday, 31 October 2009

Canna 'Austria'

A medium sized aquatic Italian Group cultivar, equally at home as a water marginal or in the border; green foliage, oblong shaped, upright habit; flowers are cupped, self-coloured yellow, throat red spots on yellow, staminodes are large, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white; tillering is prolific. 

Introduced by C. Sprenger, Dammann and Co., Naples, Italy, EU in 1893. Announced along with C. 'Italia', caused much interest as their large flowers were considered to be a major breakthrough. Herr Sprenger crossed C. 'Madame Crozy' with C. flaccida 'Le Roi'. Synonyms: C. 'Austra', C. 'Canary Bird', C. 'Lemon Zest', C. 'Richard Wallace', C. 'Souvenir de Jeanne'

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