Family - Cannaceae
Stems - To +120cm tall, herbaceous, glabrous, sometimes glaucous, from thick, stout rhizomes.
Leaves - Alternate, with sheathing petioles, oval, elliptic or oblong, green, purple, bronze or combinations of the three, to 60cm long.
Inflorescence - Terminal panicle with a variable number of flowers.
Flowers - Corolla typically red, orange, yellow, or combinations of the three, to 7.5cm long. Petals 3. Stamen single. Sepals colored similar to petals.
Flowering - July - November.
Habitat - Cultivated in rich, moist soil.
Origin - Most cultivated plants are native to tropical America.
Other info. - Most of the cultivated plants seen are cultivars of Canna x generalis
(around 14 I think), but other species are cultivated widely.
Photograph taken at Powell Gardens, 9-2-99.