Friday, 7 May 2010

Canna 'Lucifer'

A miniature Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, ovoid shaped, spreading habit; flowers are scarlet with a wide yellow margin, partial self-cleaning, low bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is slow.
At Claines Canna, every accession has been contaminated badly with virus. We have given up trying to obtain a virus-free example.
The history of this cultivar is also very suspect. I cannot trace the name appearing in any gardening catalogues until the 1980's. Is this just a synonym for another specimen. such as Canna 'Fairy Queen', which dates back to the 1890's?

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