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Canna 'President' - Red Canna
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Cannaceae (Cannas)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Canna 'President' - This tuberous perennial makes a bold statement in the garden. It is a medium-sized canna to 4-6 feet tall with wide green leaves and large scarlet red flowers in summer through fall that have a hint of yellow along the margin. Plant in full sun and irrigate moderately to occasionally. Hardy to 0 degrees F. An old fashioned hybrid that is great for large background plantings. 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 group that 'President' is put in), 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). The name for the genus is from the Latin word 'cannae' that came from the Greek word 'kanne' meaning "a reed" or "cane". This old American hybrid was introduced by Antoine Wintzer of the Conrad and Jones Company nursery of Westgrove Pennsylvania possibly as early as 1920 and was part of a collection donated to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in 1923.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 'President'.
 
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