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CANNA LILIES

Photographed: At our new home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

**Canna Lily Canna generalis
This is one of the stars in a tropical garden. They are tall plants, often well over three feet, and for months on end they produce spectacular flowers as you can see in these photographs. Their foliage, too, is usually very appealing. If you are buying a plant, make sure that the combined colors of the flowers and foliage are attractive together. This is not always the case.
Planting and Care: Cannas prefer full sun and routine rainfall or watering. Fertilizer or good compost will also be very much appreciated by cannas. They are terribly subject to an especially nasty caterpillar which will decimate the foliage on a plant in just a few days. These caterpillars and the moths that lay the eggs seem totally immune to our soap spray. In Montserrat we resorted to hand squishing the caterpillars, but surely there is a better way! Still, we are looking for a way that is not poisonous to all humanity. Get in touch if you have any suggestions that have worked for you. So far at the Lake we haven't had the same problem.
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Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2008/2010 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

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Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: These crimson canna flowers were photographed in our garden at our former home in Montserrat in 2008.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

 

Photographed: At our new home at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Red Stripe Canna Lilies, Indian Shot, African Arrowroot Canna Indica Red Stripe
Even with very little care after an enormous storm in Panajachel, in the highlands of Guatemala, I was taken by their beauty.
Benefits:
This canna is edible and has also been used for medicinal purposes in traditional medicine.
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Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2010.
Planting and Care: This is a stunning perennial plant which will grow to be quite tall with leaves reaching a length of 2 feet or more. It flowers with a show in late August and into the early fall. Plant it in full sun for the best results. It prefers a rich well-draining soil with as much organic material as you can manage. Water it when the soil is drying, but do avoid having a constantly wet soil.
Photographs ©KO 2010 and text ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2019

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

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