Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Canna 'Bethany' AGM

A medium sized Italian Group cultivar; variegated green and yellow foliage, oval-acuminate shaped, upright habit; round stems, coloured green; flowers are open, orange (RHS 28B) with yellow (RHS 14B) blotches, staminodes are large, edges irregular; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white; tillering is prolific.
This cultivar was discovered by Brian West, who lives at South Cheam on the outskirts of London, growing in his garden as a sport of C. ‘Bengal Tiger’. He named it after the name of his house.
The mutation was described at the 2002 RHS Trials as C. 'Bengal Tiger' with a flower like C. 'Roma'.
At the RHS Trials 2002, this cultivar was awarded the coveted AGM, subject to being made available to the UK general public.
Synonyms are Canna "Tropicanna Gold", Canna "Mactro", Canna 'African Gold'

Photographs courtesy of Malcolm McFarland

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