Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Canna 'Saladin'

A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; panicles of flowers are open, pink with carmine spots, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is slow.

Saladin, Arabic in full Salah Ad-Din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub ("Righteousness of the Faith, Joseph, Son of Job"), also called Al-Malik An-Nasir Salah Ad-Din Yusuf I (b. 1137/38, Tikrit, Mesopotamia--d. March 4, 1193, Damascus), Muslim sultan of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, and the most famous of Muslim heroes. In wars against the Christian crusaders, he achieved final success with the disciplined capture of Jerusalem (Oct. 2, 1187), ending its 88-year occupation by the Franks. The great Christian counterattack of the Third Crusade was then stalemated by his military genius.

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