Related to bananas and ginger, Canna Lillies have broad leaves sometimes red or green in color. Canna Lily foliage is beautiful in landscaping. They are usually green but some cultivars have reddish-brown leaves. There are also some variegated ones also. They are alternate. The flowers range from yellow, orange, and reds. Canna is not a true lily. The name Canna is from Latin meaning cane or reed.
Although tropical they thrive in mild climates. Canna Lillies grow rather tall, 6 to 9 feet tall. They were originally introduced to Europe from West Indies. Canna lily is from the Cannaceae family of plants.
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.
Canna Lillies bloom in the summer. They tolerate most types of soils. They do love sunshine. Plant the rhizomes 2 to 3 inches or 5 to 7.5cm deep. Plant them in a broken down soil, mixed with compost. Any fertile, moist soil will do. Canna Lily is perennial. It is easy to grow in the sun.