Saturday, 31 July 2010

Canna 'Puppet'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; dark foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, spreading habit; panicles of flowers are open, orange rayed with red, staminodes are narrow, edges irregular, stamen is orange with red stripes, petals purple, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is average.

Looking at this cultivar, it is hard to believe that it is a recent introduction, and I believe that it is a heritage cultivar from the 1890's when this size flower was considered to be large (which it was when compared with the small species size flowers). Does anybody have any information or ideas?

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