Common names: canna, arrowroot, Indian shot
Size at maturity: from 18 inches to 8 feet tall, depending on variety
Description: tuberous perennial with leaves that resemble those of a banana plant with flowers on 3-6 ft. stalks.
Flower colors range from reds and oranges to creams and apricots.
Growing conditions: full sun, lots of water (they can grow in a bog); can be rather invasive in warm climates. Divide in spring.
Function: perennial borders, cut foliage (flowers don't last long when cut)
Zone tolerance: USDA zones 7-11; Sunset zones 6-9, 12-31, warmer areas of 32, or dig and store
Reference 2: Botanica (Turner, Barnes & Noble)
(Hummingbird Photo by Peter Desposito http://lihummer.org/)
(Canna Photos by Gisela Bach, Guildwood Gardens)