Friday, 25 June 2010

Canna 'Musaefolia Peruviana'

A tall Foliage Group cultivar; light green foliage, very large, broadly oblong shaped, maroon margin, spreading habit; oval stems, coloured green + purple; spikes of flowers are cupped, red-orange with orange-red spots, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, labellum is gold flecked, stamen is gold with orange markings, style is orange, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not true to type, self-pollinating, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 7 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is prolific. 

Introduced by E. Chaté et fils, sentier Saint-Antoine, Saint-Mandé, Paris, France, EU. in 1862. This cultivar does not normally flower in northern climates, but if kept growing over the winter in a heated greenhouse or conservatory it will happily bloom either in late spring or late summer. 

The earliest known book on Canna is "Le Canna" by M. Chaté and Sons, 1867, which provides us with the correct spelling of this cultivars name. 

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