Saturday, 25 September 2010

Canna 'Star of India'

A small Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, ovoid shaped, spreading habit; oval stems, coloured green; flowers are open, orange-red with a narrow yellow margin, staminodes are narrow, 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 white and pink.
Introduced by S. Percy-Lancaster, Alipore Cannas, Calcutta, India.
The earliest reference is by Sydney Percy-Lancaster, "In an Indian Garden", 1927. In the collection of the Royal Agri-Horticultural Society , Alipore, Calcutta, India. Dr. Khoshoo & Dr. I. Guha: Evolution of Cultivated Canna, 1966.

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