In 2002, Mr Donnie Hallman of Deersprings Nursery, South Carolina, USA introduced his new cultivars for the year, which caused a stir at that time. One of the introductions was Canna 'Cosmic Dragon'.Mr Hallman commented that, "The flowers are colored terra-cotta with cream splashes. The foliage is very dark, and it is very rare to have a bi-color flower on dark foliage. I love this plant. Slow to increase here in South Carolina, but if allowed to clump it is stunning! 5' tall. The breeding is C. 'Pacific Beauty' x C. 'Rosy Leaf'"