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Canna iridiflora

8th October 2010

I have never seen the real Canna iridiflora in cultivation. Whenever I have seen the label in gardens and nurseries it has always marked the wonderful hybrid Canna x ehemannii. A friend in the north of the county grew some from seed and my curiosity was aroused. He very generously gave me one to try and it is rather unfortunate to have to report that it is just a red flowered C.indica style plant.
It would have made a charming bed filler but the winter of 2010-11 -well, it done for it guv!