There are only four pictures of cannas here. I could have gotten two more for an even six, but would have needed to get them elsewhere. These six pictures were obtained within one of the landscapes at work. Except for pruning a grapevine and flowering cherry trees, I do not work in this garden, so can not take credit for these cannas. I will take credit for the pictures though.

However, I probably should have taken pictures that show the foliage in conjunction with the bloom. Without the foliage there is not much to distinguish the big orange flowers of the last two pictures from each other.

1. Kangaroo paw, Anigozanthus, is one of my lesser favorite perennials, but happens to be one of the more practical for the chaparral climate. Besides, this one happens to be rather pretty. I do not know what cultivar, or even what species this one is. The Eucalyptus cinerea to the upper left is the same that was featured in ‘Silver‘ and ‘Exfoliating Bark‘.P90803

2. Honeysuckle, which I believe might be Lonicera periclymenum ‘Peaches & Cream’ was featured as the second picture of ‘Six on Saturday – Not My Garden‘, and was likely also featured in other posts that I do not want to go looking for right now. When I first met this honeysuckle, it was rather grungy and mostly defoliated. I thought that it was Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’, which looks nothing like this.P90803+

3. Canna with wispy orange flowers and big green leaves is probably my favorite of the four. The big leaves, which are not shown here, are quite lush. I believe that this one can get quite tall.P90803++

4. Canna with bigger red flowers and simple green leaves is more what we expect a canna to look like. The bronze foliage to the right and in the background actually belongs to #6 below.P90803+++

5. Canna with big orange flowers and yellowish variegated leaves was the fourth picture of ‘Six on Saturday – No Silver‘. That picture shows only a close up of the foliage, without bloom.P90803++++

6. Canna with big orange flowers and bronze leaves was the third picture of ‘Six on Saturday – No Silver‘. That picture also shows only a close up of the foliage without bloom. I believe this to be the cultivar ‘Wyoming’.P90803+++++

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

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20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Cannas – Mostly

    1. They are not overly popular here because they like to be watered regularly. They can grow like weeds in riparian areas. I happen to like the foliage of the big types, but their flowers are not so colorful, like #3. The rhizomes can be cooked, but I would not grow them specifically for that purpose. They are big plants, with a lot of foliage, just for a few inches of starchy rhizome. There are easier starchy vegetables to grow.

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    1. Wow, I really don’t now what the seed need. I never gave it any though. It is right at home here, but is not a native. It is not my favorite perennial, but if I were to grow more, I would dig, divide and plug them every few years or so. That seems to keep them going longer, even though they look silly for the first few months afterward.

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    1. I sort of wish I knew what cultivars they are. I can only identify ‘Wyoming’. I believe that they are all common types that were purchased at a hardware store. As we dig and divide them, we are relocating them to more riparian landscapes. Although this is a chaparral climate, there are two streams ant two creeks that flow through here. I plant nothing in the creeks, but the streams are nicely landscaped.

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    1. These grow like weeds. Although I do not normally like variegated foliage, the canna with they yellowish striped foliage and bright orange flowers is striking. The new foliage starts out rather bronzed.

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    1. Yes, I am not sure what to think about it. It is not as flashy as the species that I thought it was. I hope that it gets fragrant as it blooms more. The flowers look just like those of Japanese honeysuckle, but with more color.

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  1. I like anything tropical looking , cannas included, but decided last fall not to try and overwinter the ‘bulbs’ – rhizomes? – just too much work. Then a friend gave me a bunch earlier this summer! They’ll be a fall blooming spectacle, right now the leaves are a beautiful red/green.

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    1. Tropical? In your region?
      Now that you mention it though, I remember that cannas did quite well in the middle of Oklahoma. Some lived outside through winter. I don’t know how they did it, but there they were. I got seed from a common landscape type, but I also saw a fancier type with lush foliage on the edge of a pond in a park. Even though that would not work in your region, they do happen to be agreeable to confinement in pots, and should be cut back in winter.

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    1. That is the second comment on the honeysuckle. That makes me feel better about it. I am not so keen on it, since it is not doing so well, but I do not want to give up on it without getting better acquainted with it first. Since it is not the flower one that I thought it was, I want to know if it is fragrant like the common Japanese honeysuckle is.

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    1. You know, after purple, orange is likely my lesser favorite color. However, nasturtiums happen to be among my favorite flowers, and orange and yellow happened to be the ideal color for the front garden of my former home in town. Other colors just did not look as good on that particular building.

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  2. I admire the flowers of Canna but don’t grow them because tropicals don’t really fit with my sunny front garden. I would consider growing them in the back but they need full sun, don’t they? Also it seems to me that the flowers are rather sparse and don’t last all that long, much of the time the plant is flowerless.

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    1. Yes, i sort of thin that cannas would look odd in your garden. Besides, you might need to dig the in the winter. (Although, I saw that they grew in Oklahoma without getting dug.) They really prefer full sun. If partly shaded, they lean for the sun, and do not bloom much. The flowers are colorful, but somewhat sloppy. I you look closely, you can see that there are no distinguishable features. They are prettier if old flowers are plucked from the flower clusters. I don’t have time for that! I grow them as much for the foliage as for the flowers. The flowers are an added bonus that finishes off the foliage.

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