Schizophrenic Canna Lily
Item #: 2399
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 50" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.8 L) ?
Next crop available: 09/11/2020
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We couldn't believe our eyes when they fell upon this canna at the Kunming Botanic Garden in China in 1996. Large purple blotches wove their way through the green leaves and into the flower stalks. If the flowers form on the purple leaf side, they are red and from the green side of the leaf, they are yellow...sometimes from both...you get the picture. This unstable and highly variable chimera turned out to be an old but hard-to-find cultivar called Canna 'Cleopatra'. We think it is time for a reintroduction of this fascinating attention-getter. Remove all solid shoots to maintain the pattern.