Cannas are tropical and subtropical flowering plants with large, banana like leaves. They can be grown as annuals in cooler regions, where they add an instant touch of the tropics to gardens. A surge in interest and hybridizing has resulted in a dazzling array of Cannas to choose from. Cannas (from the Latin word cane) were my grandmothers favorite plant.
I have taken pictures of the “Evolution of the Cannas Flower” as it blossoms.
~1st Day of Cannas Forming~
Cannas are often grown from their foliage alone. The large, paddle-like leaves resemble banana leaves and 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 coming out of the foliage. Because most Cannas sold today are the result of many crosses, Cannas are rarely classified.
Not often bothered by problems. Canna leaves are covered with a waxy substance, so water is repelled and fungus doesn’t usually take hold. Grasshoppers and caterpillars may munch the leaves. Water stress will cause tearing or cracking in the leaves.
It is recommended in the winter to let them die and then dig up the roots leaving some soil on the roots, and then bag the roots and keep them in a cool place to replant in the spring. However I am hear to tell you I have NEVER done this. I let the Cannas die, I then cut the plant down to about 1-2 inches from the ground, and when next Spring comes it ALWAYS comes back the next and multiplies each time.
By the way Cannas Plants multiply big time like rabbits!! LOL