Friday, 6 August 2010

Canna 'Red King Humbert'

A medium sized Italian Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, branching habit; triangular stems, coloured purple; spikes of flowers are cupped, self-coloured red, staminodes are large, edges lightly frilled, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning; seed is sterile, pollen is sterile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is average.
This is Canna 'Yellow King Humbert' that has reverted back to an all-red state, having originated as Canna 'Roi Humbert 1'. After the shake-up of two mutations it is not safe to refer to it as C. 'Roi Humbert 1', as the genetic make-up has been affected through two major mutations, hence the new name.
Probable synonyms: C. 'Out of Africa', C. 'Ty Ty Red'

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