Canna Lilly

Canna spp.

  • Low maintenance and easy to grow.
  • Typically grown as annuals in cooler regions.
  • They can also tolerate partial shade.
  • Cannas do best in full sun.

The canna lily plant is a rhizomatous perennial with tropical-like foliage and large flowers that resemble that of iris. Canna lilies are low maintenance and easy to grow, and both their flowers and foliage offer long-lasting color in the garden. Cannas are often grown for their foliage alone. The large, paddle-like leaves come in greens, blue-greens, variegation and stripes. Much hybridizing has been done to create more attractive flowers. Somewhat tubular and lily-like, Canna flowers come in shades and combinations of yellow, orange, red and pink and are borne on tall stalks poking out of the foliage.


Canna ‘Tropical Salmon’

Tropical Salmon – This dwarf cultivar is known for its large, orange, peachy-pink flowers, medium green foliage and compact mature size. Its bold leaves offer a course texture to the garden, and its colorful almost lily-like blossoms attract insect pollinators and hummingbirds.


Canna Lily ‘Portland Pink’

Portland Pink – Billowy blooms in luscious salmon pink tones atop 5 foot tall towers of tropical foliage make a dramatic backdrop to your summer days. Canna City of Portland will thrive in full sun, and produce loads of blooms with little care. Plant a living fence, or fill large containers for a gorgeous presentation.


Canna Lily ‘ Red President’

Red President – With its large, vibrant red blooms on medium-sized plants, this canna is perfect for containers and small-space gardens where you want a splash of the tropics.



Canna Lily ‘Red Stripe’

Red Stripe or Red Vein – These cannas  get their name for the contrasting deep red to purple veins set against their bright green, 2-foot long leaves.



Canna Lily ‘Richard Wallace’

Richard Wallace –  Bright, bold yellow with an orange speckled heart, Richard Wallace Cannas are a manageable, medium height, with beautiful apple green foliage. In cold climates, lift bulbs in fall. Perennial.



Canna Lily ‘Minerva’

Yellow Flowered Variegated – This old hybrid is still one of the most popular of the variegated cannas today. Canna ‘Minerva’ makes a 5′ tall stalk with brilliant white and green striped leaves. This vigorously multiplying canna is topped off with unique red flower buds that open to large, butter-yellow flowers…produced all summer!


Canna Lily ‘Wyoming’

Wyoming Orange – Canna Lily ‘Wyoming’ has beautiful, deep orange blossoms and grows up to 42”. It’s bronze-purple leaves contrast with the blossoms, making this variety a garden standout. This plant is hardy in zones 7-10, but can be grown elsewhere as an annual. ‘Wyoming’ prefers full sun and moist , well-drained soil. It is deer resistant.


Common Name: Arrowroot or Indian Shot