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Canna 'Intrigue'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Cannaceae (Cannas)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Parentage: (Canna x generalis)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Canna 'Intrigue' - Tuberous perennial with upright growth habit to 6-8+ feet tall with dark burgundy and green lance-shaped leaves and many small orchid-like orange flowers in summer-fall. Plant in full sun or light shade with regular to occasional irrigation. Hardy to 0 degrees F. Keeps foliage color well, even in shade and gets tallest with regular watering but really fairly drought tolerant for such a tropical looking plant. Cannas became very popular in Victorian times with thousands of named cultivars named since. The breeding is complex and so they are broken into artificial groups with names such as the Foliage group, the Crozy Group (also called the Gladiolus flowering cannas), the Italian group (also called the Orchid flowering cannas), the Australian group (from crossing plants of the Foliage Group with those of the Italian Group), the Premier group (triploids and crosses with the Italian Group), and the Variegated foliage group, the Conservatory group, the Aquatic group, the Miniature group, the Agriculture group (for rhizomes with high starch yield) and the Musaefolia Group (banana foliage). 'Intrigue' is considered to belong with the Foliage Group. The name for the genus is from the Latin word 'cannae' that came from the Greek word 'kanne' meaning "a reed" or "cane". This durable and very attractive spontaneous seedling hybrid came to us in 1995 from Canna breeder Herb Kelly who tells us he found it in the nursery garden of famed Southern California plant explorer Gary Hammer. 'Intrigue' is Randy's favorite Canna!  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Canna 'Intrigue'.
 
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