Saturday, 28 November 2009

Canna compacta Roscoe

A medium sized wild species; green foliage, ovoid shaped, branching habit; oval stems, coloured green; spikes of flowers are erect, self-coloured orange-red, staminodes are long and narrow, edges regular, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, self-pollinating and also true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is prolific.

Species canna introduced to England in 1820 (Johnson’s Dictionary 1856).

Synonyms: C. 'Robert Kemp', C. rotundifolia André, C. 'Tiki Torch', C. 'Tiki Tourche'

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