Plant Delights is pleased to offer some unique canna lilies for sale that provide beautiful flower color, dazzling foliage color, or both. Cannas are bold perennials that pair well with...
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...finer-textured plants such as amsonia, hemerocallis, iris, kniphofia and ornamental grasses. There are many tall cultivars of canna lily that are perfect for the back of the border, as well as several dwarf cannas that can be used along the edge of a path. Canna lily flowers sometimes have an eye-popping saturated color and sometimes a demure pastel tone. Both types attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Canna leaves are usually green, but there are beautiful purple or variegated forms on the market, such as our best selling canna lilies... Canna 'Phasion' (aka Canna Tropicanna TM), Bengal Tiger Canna, and Canna 'Australia'.
Canna lilies are extremely heavy feeders that also like full sun, baking heat, and plenty of moisture during the growing season. They also tolerate coastal environments well. If your canna plants look ratty during in the summer, that's a sure sign an extra shovel of compost is required. You can cut a ragged canna plant to the ground even in midsummer, add fertilizer, water, and it will recover quickly. In areas with warm summers as well as winters above 0 degrees F, cannas can remain in the ground. North of USDA hardiness zone 8, gardeners should buy canna lilies and plant them before September in order to give them time to establish before winter arrives. In colder climates, lift the canna rhizomes and store them above freezing in dry peat moss for the winter. It is a tough, low maintenance plant which makes it perfect for rain gardens.
Our canna plants are grown in gallon pots and not shipped as dried rhizomes as most other mail order firms do. We have an excellent selection of canna lilies for sale, so when you are ready to buy cannas, check out our well-rooted, healthy growing cannas for sale below.
Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. We are pleased to have received the Perennial Plant Association Retail Award in 2011, the American Horticulture Society Commercial Award in 2002, and to have been selected as one of the Best Mail Order Plant Sources - Garden Design Magazine 2010. Welcome to our family of plant lovers!
(syn: Canna 'Feuerzauber') We have grown a lot of purple-foliaged cannas but never anything like this. The deep burgundy-black tropical-looking foliage has a satin-like sheen and the intense color holds superbly during the summer heat. The foliage rises to 4-5', topped with a magnificent display of large, shocking red flowers...a true stunner and hummingbird magnet. Thanks to canna guru Johnnie Johnson for sharing this coveted gem he obtained from New Zealand. Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.892 L)
(syn: Canna generalis 'Aureostriata' or Canna 'Pretoria') Imported from India in 1963 by the Glasshouse Works guys, Canna 'Bengal Tiger' is a sport of Canna 'Wyoming' that originated from radiation experiments in the 1950's at India's Agri Horticultural Society. Canna 'Bengal Tiger' was later taken to Africa by Sydney Percy-Lancaster, where is was later rediscovered and given the additional name Canna 'Pretoria'. Canna 'Bengal Tiger' is considered by many to be the most beautiful of canna lilies. The dramatic stalks of green- and yellow-striped variegated leaves with a brilliant maroon edge grow to 6' and are topped in summer with bright orange flowers that are favored by hummingbirds...scrumptious! Canna 'Bengal Tiger' will also grow in water as an aquatic plant. Canna 'Bengal Tiger' was awarded the prestigous Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 2002. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
This Curt Wallace hybrid is still regarded as the closest to white (as judged by a team of color-blind nurserymen) that is available in the canna family. This 3' tall clumper is topped all summer with very large, creamy white flowers, flushed with pale yellow toward the center...a hummingbird treat. Canna 'Ermine' will allow designers to create some exciting and distinctive new color combinations in the summer garden. We are excited to make available this very rare and sought-after hybrid. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
Most folks don't think of canna lilies as North American native plants, but adjust your thinking caps for Canna flaccida. This native plant of the Southeast US can be found growing in coastal swamps from South Carolina west to Texas. Canna flaccida looks like a typical canna lily, with 4' tall stalks of green leaves, topped with clusters of bright, butter-yellow flowers from late spring until fall. While moist soils are preferred, they certainly aren't necessary for Canna flaccida to succeed. Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.892 L)
Originally brought into the US by California sea captain Commander Bauman, this selection of our native Canna glauca was passed around California until spotted by plantsman, Herb Kelly, who named and introduced it to commerce. The narrow, pointed, grey-green leaves adorn the upright stalks to 6'. Atop the clump through summer and into fall are charming, narrow, salmon-pink flowers (darker in the center)...a hummingbird treat. A vigorous grower, Canna glauca 'Panache' is a great native plant from the Southeast US that can grow in standing water or in regular garden soil and even spreads fast enough for you to share plenty. The demand always seems to exceed our supply...get 'em while they last. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
(poss. syn: Canna indica 'Purpurea') The 8' tall thick stalks of Canna 'Red Stripe' are home to large (nearly 2' long) leaves of purple with a dramatically contrasting green pattern between the veins. Topping, but not distracting from, the great bold foliage are stalks of small, brilliant red flowers that attract hummingbirds...a can't-miss addition to the border! Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
Designers love it, garden visitors love it, hummingbirds love it, we love it...so why are we sharing? This amazing canna, a 1978 seedling selection from California's Herb Kelly, is one of the most unusual looking canna lilies we've grown. The very narrow, pointed, purple-grey foliage makes one of the most stunning accent plants in the garden. In addition, the narrow leaves and strong vertical habit make the architectural presentation of this canna most special. The 7' tall clumps are topped in very late summer with small orange-red flowers, but this baby is truly chosen for its wonderful form...sort of like the babes of Baywatch. Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.892 L)
(aka: Canna 'Nirvana' or Canna 'Striped Beauty') This old hybrid is still one of the most popular of the variegated cannas today. Canna 'Minerva' makes a 5' tall stalk with brilliant white-and-green striped leaves. This vigorously multiplying canna is topped off with unique red flower buds that open to large, butter-yellow flowers...produced all summer! When Canna 'Minerva' is fed well and kept moist, it is indeed a fantastic garden plant...a hummingbird fiesta. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
If you are into the tropical look, don't miss growing the gigantic banana canna. Canna 'Musafolia' has a clouded origin (possibly related to Canna 'Edulis'), but what we do know is that it is one heck of a structural element in the garden. The giant 12-14' tall stalks are home to extremely large, banana-like leaves...each green with a purple-red border. While Canna 'Musafolia' rarely flowers, the flowers produced are small, red, and really pale in size compared to the foliage...still attracting hummingbirds. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
"Amazing...I've never seen anything like it!" These are just two of the comments from visitors about this Kent Kelly hybrid. Canna 'Orange Punch' is a dwarf, fast-multiplying canna, topped from spring until frost with intense bright orange, yellow-throated flowers...a hummingbird delight. From its Canna iridiflora background, the flowers are held in long pendent racemes instead of the typical upright spikes. If you like bright gaudy colors, this unique new canna will quickly become one of your favorites! Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.892 L)
(syn: Canna 'Semaphore') If you haven't noticed, we are lovers of the truly tacky and gaudy, and Canna 'Pacific Beauty' takes tackiness to a whole new level. You will love the luscious purple-grey foliage, but what will really shock you are the intense orange flowers that top the 6' tall clumps...a hummingbird hot spot. These are not your typical orange flowers but are more of a fluorescent pumpkin-orange...it is truly a WOW canna! Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
Oh, my...just when you think you've seen it all, here is the latest in "Shock Gardening." This incredible introduction from Jan Potgeither of South Africa is a sport of the ever-popular Canna 'Wyoming'. Even without flowers, you would surely grow Canna 'Phasion' for the foliage...purple with dramatic stripes of yellow and red, evenly spaced throughout the leaf. Atop the 7' tall stems are wonderfully gaudy, shocking orange flowers throughout the summer...indeed, this is the Howard Stern of the plant world...guaranteed to get your friends talking and the hummingbirds darting! Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
The rave of the plant world is our 1996 introduction we named from Sunburst Flower Bulbs in South Africa. This dazzling canna is the hottest thing since summertime in Miami. Canna 'Pink Sunburst' is similar to Canna 'Bengal Tiger' (yellow- and green-striped leaves), except the variegated leaves have a reddish-pink cast. The dwarf, rapidly-multiplying mound of tropical-looking foliage is topped all summer by large salmon-pink flowers...a hummingbird party plant. We have finally been able to get the virus cleaned from our stock, which has restored the original vigor. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
(aka: Canna D12-75) Our friends at Yucca Do Nursery discovered this amazing natural canna hybrid (Canna glauca x Canna indica) in 2001 along a stream in the northern Mexican mountains. Canna 'Tama-Tulipa' is a giant in the garden, reaching 8' tall for us. Because of the Canna glauca background, it's quite stoloniferous, forming a large 10' wide patch in 8 years. The clumps are topped in summer with small, but dazzling brilliant red flowers, surrounded by a bright yellow border...very cool! Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
This amazing Canna glauca hybrid (possibly with Canna iridiflora) was brought into the US by Texan Margie Brown, who purchased it sans name from a roadside nursery south of Bangkok. The 6' tall stalks of glaucous leaves are topped, starting in summer, with peachy-orange buds that open to lovely, somewhat pendent fleshy-pink flowers (RHS 48D)...the best pink-flowered canna we've ever grown...attractive to hummingbirds. Like Canna 'Panache', it multiplies and spreads quite rapidly when grown in moist, rich soil. Thanks to both Mary Elliott and Steve Lowe for independently sending it our way. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
For something truly unique, we are pleased to introduce Canna 'Thai Rainbow', which offers a unique leaf variegation pattern (reportedly radiation induced). Canna 'Thai Rainbow' forms a 6' tall, rapidly multiplying clump of narrow leaves that are banded green and cream with a purple flush that is particularly evident on the leaf edges. The clumps are topped with small but bright red-orange flowers that attract hummingbirds throughout the summer...looks and grows like a variegated form of Canna 'Intrigue'. Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.892 L)