Sunday, 26 September 2010

Canna 'Statue of Liberty'

A tall Italian Group cultivar; purple foliage, oval shaped, upright habit; round stems, coloured purple; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured carmine, staminodes are large, edges irregular, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is prolific.
Introduced by Antoine Wintzer of The Conard & Jones Co., West Grove, PA, USA.

The staminoides are very fine and thin, and when the sun shines through them there are colour transformations. The bloom only lasts for a day or so, but in that time it makes its statement.

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