Thursday, 28 January 2010

Canna 'Endeavour'

A medium sized aquatic cultivar, equally at home as a water marginal or in the border; glaucous green foliage, lanceolate shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; oval stems, coloured green; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured red (RHS 45B), staminodes are narrow, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not true to type, self-pollinating, capsules globose; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white and pink; tillering is average. 
Introduced by R.J. Armstrong, of Longwood Gardens, USA.

This was from a cross with a red-flowered unnamed terrestial canna, the pollen was from C. glauca from Brazil. It honours the British explorer Captain Cook's ship "Endeavour". 

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