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Canna flaccida Salisb.
Bandanna of the Everglades, Golden canna
USDA Symbol: CAFL11
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The large, rounded to lance-shaped leaves of this 4 ft. perennial are 1-2 ft. long. (Upper leaves are smaller.) Three green sepals and three greenish-yellow petals are united at the base, forming a tube. The showy part of the flower consists of modified stamens which resemble iris-like petals. The style is also petal-like.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
apple green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , SC , TX Native Distribution:
Coastal areas from SC to MS Native Habitat:
Wet ditches; freshwater marshes; swamp margins USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Moist to wet soils from heavy clay to sandy loam. Not particular.
Conditions Comments: This easy to grow plant produces showy yellow flowers with very faint speckles and is a great addition to the water garden or edge of the bog and is useful to help stop soil erosion. This plant will also grow in moist, average garden soil. Skipper caterpillars will use this plant as a host plant. The plant is cold-sensitive and will freeze back to the roots during a frost or freeze.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: seeds, division of clump, offshoots from base clump
Seed Collection: Wait until the seed pods are near the mature dry stage and then collect the pods.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Remove spent stalks to keep tidy and encourage new blooms. Cut back after first frost or leave the debris to protect the dormant roots over winter in northerm areas of its range.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff