Related to bananas and ginger, Canna Lillies have broad leaves sometimes red or green in color. The foliage is as beautiful in landscaping as the flowers which range from yellow, orange, and reds. Although tropical they thrive in mild climates. They grow rather tall 6 to 9 feet tall. They were originally introduced to Europe from West Indies.
Canna Lily grows from underground rhizomes much like Irises, interestingly these rhizomes are used to make starchy flour, in fact in Vietnam they use this flour to make noodles. They bloom in the summer and tolerate most types of soils, they do love sunshine. Plant the rhizomes 2 to 3 inches deep in a soil broken down and mixed with compost. They are perennials and easy to grow in the sun.