Sunday, 1 August 2010

Canna 'Purpurea Floribunda'

A tall Foliage Group cultivar; purple foliage, large, oval shaped, spreading habit; round stems, coloured purple; spikes of flowers are erect, self-coloured redcurrant, staminodes are long and narrow, edges regular, petals red, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not true to type, self-pollinating; rhizomes are thick, up to 7 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is prolific.

Synonyms: C. indica 'Purpurea', C. 'Purpurea'

Introduced by A. Crozy, Lyon, France in 1887. The earliest recorded reference is the Wilhelm Pfitzer Catalogue of 1890.
This hybrid has been the sire/siress of many great foliage plants. If you want to discover the pleasures of creating new Canna foliage plants, then this one is a great starting point.

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