Sunday, 21 March 2010

Canna 'Italia'

A medium sized Italian Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, upright habit; triangular stems, coloured green; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured yellow, throat cardinal-red, staminodes are large, edges frilled, labellum is red, stamen is yellow with a wide red margin, style is red, petals red with farina, fully self-cleaning; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white and purple; tillering is average.
Introduced by C. Sprenger, Dammann & Co., Naples, Italy, EU in 1894. Announced along with C. 'Austria' in 1894, these two new cultivars caused a sensation at that time, producing much larger flowers than the Crozy Group had been capable of producing. It is a seedling of Canna 'Madame Crozy' x C. flaccida.

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