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Canna liliiflora

Canna liliiflora

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales

Familia: Cannaceae
Genus: Canna
Species: Canna liliiflora

Canna liliiflora Warsz. ex Planch., (1855).

Canna brittonii Rusby, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 29: 695 (1902).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Western South America
SE. Peru to Bolivia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Warszewicz, J.Ritter von Rawicz 1855. Fl. Serres Jard. Eur. 10: 211.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Canna liliiflora in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Aug. 10. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Canna liliiflora. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 10 2019. 2019. Canna liliiflora. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 10 Aug. 2019.

Vernacular names

Canna liliiflora is a species of herb in the family Cannaceae. It is native of Peru and Bolivia.

Herb up to 3 m with stout, erect stems. Leaves large, oblong, acuminate. Flowers 10–13 cm. (4-5") long, honeysuckle-scented, borne in a short, terminal raceme; perianth tubular, the three outer petaloid lobes linear-oblong, convolute, reflexed, tinged green, the three inner ones straight and extended, recurved at end, white, tinted yellowish-green.

The species prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The preferred soil is acid, neutral and basic (alkaline). It cannot grow in the shade and requires moist soil. It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender. In the north latitudes it is in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen in October.

The illustration is from Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe by Charles Lemaire and others. Gent, Louis van Houtte, 1855, volume 10 (plate 1055-1056).
Cooke, Ian, 2001. The Gardener's Guide to Growing cannas, Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-513-6
Johnson's Gardeners Dictionary, 1856
Tanaka, N. 2001. Taxonomic revision of the family Cannaceae in the New World and Asia. Makinoa ser. 2, 1:34–43.

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