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Canna 'Lucifer'

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Cannaceae (Cannas)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Canna 'Lucifer' - A medium-sized tuberous perennial to 3-4 feet tall with lance shaped green leaves having a blue tinge and many bright red flowers that have a yellow edge around all petal parts in summer to fall. Plant in full sun and water regularly to occasionally. Hardy to 0 degrees F. 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), 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). 'Lucifer' belongs to the Crozy Group though it is also put in Miniature 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 plant came from the breeding work of Swiss Canna hybridizer H. Faiss and was introduced in 1968 - we have been growing since 1993. From this plant we grew several sports (or possibly seedlings) that emerged within our propagation stock blocks of 'Lucifer' that we named 'Lucifer's Brother' in 2000 and 'Lucifer's Sister' in 2002 though both proved susceptible to canna yellow mottle virus and so we only continue to grow the original Devil today.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Canna 'Lucifer'.