Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Canna 'Taney'

A medium sized aquatic cultivar, equally at home as a water marginal or in the border; glaucous green foliage, lanceolate shaped, upright habit; panicles of flowers are open, self-coloured orange, staminodes are narrow, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not true to type, self-pollinating, capsules globose; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white and pink; tillering is slow.

Introduced by R.J. Armstrong, of Longwood Gardens, USA. Supposedly named after a ship. However, infamously in 1857 and just two days after the inauguration of US President James Buchanan, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney wrote "Negroes had no rights which any white man was bound to respect.”

Synonym: C. 'Tangy'

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