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Canna glauca (Water canna)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Canna glauca

Canna glauca L.

Water Canna, Louisiana Canna, Maraca Amarilla

Cannaceae (Canna Family)


USDA Symbol: cagl13

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N?)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Habitat: Canna glauca grows around lakes and in marshes and swamps. It is found along the coast in South Texas.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Conditions Comments: Cannas have soft butter-yellow flowers throughout the summer. The bold, upright, tropical looking light green foliage looks good in the back of a pond or in very wet soils. They can be propagated by dividing the rhizomes. It is good for wetland gardens and habitats.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Brazillian skipper
Deer Resistant: Minimal

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Canna glauca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Canna glauca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Canna glauca


Record Modified: 2022-12-02
Research By: BJG, ADA

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