Mr Johnny K. Johnson of Kentucky, USA introduced four new varieties in 2003, the last ones he introduced before retiring from hybridizing Cannas after suffering a heart condition. Amongst those introduced was Canna 'Bubblegum'.
Mr Johnson commented that, "The flowers are pink with an almost lavender overlay. Foliage is green. Sylvia Thomas came up with this name, which is a perfect description for this plant. Very pretty and unique! Fertile both ways. 4' (110 cm) tall. "