Thursday, 19 November 2009

Canna 'Brillant'

A small Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, white margin, spreading habit; round stems, coloured green; flowers are open, self-coloured cherry-red, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, stamen is gold marked, petals red with farina, fully self-cleaning, low bloomer; fertile both ways, not known if true to type, not self-pollinating, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is prolific.

Introduced by A. Crozy, Lyon, France. Very similar to C. 'Strasbourg', emminently suitable for pots and tubs. It is a very poor specimen, which makes us wonder if this is the original raised by the breeder, or yet another poor substitution by the horticultural industry. I would not care to put my name to this below average specimen, and it is not recommended.

Synonym: C. 'Brilliant'

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