2017 CANNA TRIAL

Object: To show and compare canna cultivars, both from our position as as holders of the Plant Heritage National Collection of Cannas, and also as a nursery which sells cannas.

A particular object of our 2017 trial is to compare the many short growing cannas which are presently being introduced by commercial growers in Holland to meet the demand in garden centres for short-growing quick-flowering varieties, many of which are grown from seed (eg the Tropical and Cannova series).

Growing cannas in a trial also enables us to resolve naming problems, for instance to see when cannas with different names are indistinguishable. It also enables us to see when a variety is misnamed, or when a variety has been lost and possibly inferior variety introduced with the same name.

History of canna trials

This is our second trial of cannas. The first was in 2006, and we called it "Canna Trial International". Varieties were submitted by breeders in in UK, USA, Israel, Australia, Holland, France. Many of the cannas submitted for that trial were infected with canna virus disease and were disqualified. The best variety was 'Golden Orb', which is now one of our best selling varieties. We featured the best varieties at that trial on our stand in 2007 at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The RHS have held trials of cannas on their Wisley trials ground in 1906 and 2002. Several of the award winning varieties from the 1906 trial continue to be available, and will also be grown in our 2017 Trial. The RHS Trial of 2002 was also marred by canna virus. 22 varieties were given the RHS AGM Award. Those that continue to be available will be grown in our 2017 trial.

Location: Lincluden Nursery. Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Surrey, GU24 9EN

Visitors: By arrangement, phone 0776 295 0000

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'Alberich' Medium height. Dark green foliage. Large peach coloured flower.
'Ambassadour' Dark green foliage. Large pale yellow flower which fades to white. Distinctive
'Annei' Possibly the first named hybrid. Extremely tall, we think it is the tallest hybrid, well over 2m, with long slender glaucous leaves. The flowers and uniquely long rhizome confirm that it is Stuttgart without the stripes!
'Argentina'

Very tall variety of C. indica native to Argentina. Bright green foliage. Small orange flowers.

'Assaut' Tall. Pale bronze foliage. Large well shaped red flower. photo2
'Australia' Tall and slender. Very deep chocolate foliage which is shiny. It is generally accepted to have the darkest foliage of any canna. Orange-red flower. photo2
'Bengal Tiger' See 'Pretoria'
'Bethany' A bi-coloured sport of 'Pretoria'. photo 2 We think it is exactly the same as Tropicann Gold.
'Bird of Paradise' Quite distinct. A tall and somewhat lanky canna with foliage of various shades including pink.
'Black Knight'

Tall. Pale bronze foliage. Large and very dark red flower

'Brilliant'

Short and bushy. Dark green narrow leaves reddish stems. Red flower.

'Britannia'

tall, green foliage, bicolour flower. Itallian series.

'Caballero' >We can't see any difference between this and Yara.
'Calimero'

Medium height. Green foliage. Flowers yellow heavily blotched red.

CANNOVA SERIES

A series of cannas bred by Takii, introduced 2015. An F1 hybrid and usually grown each year from seed.

'Cannova Red Shades' Fowers red, various shades. Green foliage.
'Cannova Orange Shades' Fowers orange. Green foliage.
'Cannova Rose' Fowers pink. Green foliage. In our opinion the flower is not as good as the 'Takii Tropical Rose'
'Cannova Yellow' Fowers yellow with pink spots. Green foliage.
'Cannova Lemon' Fowers very pale yellow with pink spots. Green foliage.
'Cannova Mango' Fowers pink. Green foliage.
'Cannova Bronze Scarlet' Fowers red. dark brown foliage
'Carnival'

Medium height. Green foliage. Flowers fiery orange/yellow

'Centenaire de Rozain Boucharlat'

Medium height. Green foliage with reddish stems. Deep red flowers.

'Champion'

Tall. Bronze foliage. Flowers shades of pink.

'Chouchou'

Medium height. Green foliage. Flowers yellow softly blushed pink, with speckles.

'Citrina'

Medium height. Green foliage. Clear yellow flowers.

'Cleopatra' A spectacular chaemera with mixed colours of foliage and flowers. Medium height.
'Corail' Short and bushy. Pale bronze foliage. Dark orange flowers.
'Caroni'

A new and distinct variety or species named by us in 2014. This plant is an enigma, because we've never seen anything like it. It is a big and very stout plant with large leaves that are almost white, and small yellow flowers. It came to us as C. glauca from Trinidad, but we've never seen a C. glauca like this. Could it be a new species?

'Corsica'

Medium height. Green foliage. Flowers mixed peach/apricot.

'Delibab' Medium height. Green foliage. Coral flowers.
'Durban' This is the orange flowered Durban. In the USA Durban refers to a red-flowered hybrid. Garishly striped foliage. RHS AGM Award. photo2 photo3 photo4 photo5
'Ehemannii' A hybrid of the species C. iridiflora . Giant plant with large green leaves. Nodding cerise flowers.RHS AGM Award.
'Eric Neubert'

medium height. Distinctive bronze foliage and narrow leaves. Brilliant flame coloured flowers.

'Embleme'

Tall. Pale bronze foliage. bright orange flowers.

'En Avant'

Medium height. Green foliage. Yellow flowers uniformally spotted red.

'Ermine' Medium height. Green foliage. Creamy white flowers
'Extase'

Medium height. Heavy green foliage. Peach-coloured flowers.

'Fatamorgana'

See 'Perkeo'

'Feu Magique'

Tall. Dark bronze foliage. Large deep red flowers.

'Fiesta'

Tall. Green foliage. Distinctive ellow flowers with red centres

'Flame'

Medium size. Green foliage. Yellow flowers much blotched with red

'General Eisenhower'
Tall. Very dark foliage. Beautiful curvaceous leaves. Dark orange/red flowers.
'Glamour'

Tall. Distincltve pale brown foliage. Dark orange flowers.

'Gnom'

Short and very stout plant. Large fleshy spoon shaped leaves. Large shocking-pink flowers.

'Golden Orb'

Tall. Bronze foliage. Large well-shaped golden flowers. Bred by Jim Ranger on 2005

'Grand Duc'

Tall. Bronze foliage. Orange Flowers.

'Gran Canaria'

Medium height. Green foliage. Distinctive white flowers with yellowish centres.

'Grande'

see 'Musifolia Grande'

'Grandiose'

'Happy Carmen' Short. Green foliage.
'Happy Cleo' Short. Green foliage.
'Happy Emily' Short. Green foliage.
'Happy Isabel' Short. Green foliage.
'Happy Julia' Short. Bronze foliage.
'Happy Wilma' Short. Bronze foliage.
'Herman' tall. dark bronze foliage.
'Indiana'

Tall. Green foliage. Distinctive orange flowers.

'Intrigue'

A tall foliage variety with very narroe dark bronze leaves and small orange flowers.

'Italia' Tall. Green foliage. Italian series
'Jivago'

nedium height. Green foliage. Pale orange flowers.

'Lesotho Lil'

Very tall. Green foliage. Orange flowers.

'Lolita'

Medium height. Green foliage. Distinctive deep cerise flowers with a pale edge.

'Louis Cayeux'

Tall. Green foliage. Very large and heavy pink flowers. Quite distinctive.

'Lucifer'

Short. Green foliage. Red flowers with yellow edge.

'Lucy Steele'

Short. Green foliage. Red flowers with yellow edge.

'Madeira' Medium height. Green foliage. Bicolour flowers
'Mango Punch'

Short. Green folage. Orange flowers.

'Marlena'

Medium height. A bulky plant with bronze folaige. Coral pink flowers.

'Marshmallow'

Short plant. Deep green foliage. Shocking pink flowers.

'Mirizia'

Medium height Red flower. Green foliage.

'Montaigne'

Tall. Dark bronze foliage. Frilly dark orange/red flowers.

'Musifolia Grande'

The banana-leaved canna. A giant and distinctive plant. Giant green leaves with red veins and stems. Rarely flowers in the uk. The flowers are small and orange.

'Mystique'

A foliage variety. tall, narrow bronze leaves. Small red flowers.

'Oiseau d'Or'

Medium height. Green folaige. large very pale yellow flowers.

'Orange Chocolate'

Short. Bronze. orange flowers.

'Orange Punch'

Short. Green folage. Brilliant orange flowers.

'Pallag Szepe'

Medium height. Green foliage. Unique pinking flowers with pale edge. An old Hungarian variety.

'Panache'

Tall. Green foliage with narroe leaves. Unique spider cream flowers with mahogany centers.

'Perkeo'

medium height. Green foliage. Dusky pink flowers.

'Phasion'

See 'Durban'

'Picasso'

The original Picaso was lost to virus disease. It was a very nice and distinctive canna. It was quite short with large and well-shaped yellow flowers deeply spotted with red. The Picasso widely sold in garden centres at the present time is a short plant, usually grown from seed, with small rather shapeless yellow flowers lightly spotted..

'Pink Perfection'

Medium height. green foliage. large shocking pink flowers.

'Pink Sunburst'

See 'Pringle Bay'

'President'
medium height, but a stocky plant. Pale green leaves with large thick leaves. Large scarlet flowers
'Pretoria'
Medium to tall. Green leaves with yellow stripes in a herringbone pattern. large tangerine orange flowers.
'Prince Charmant'

Medium to tall. Green foliage. Large pink flowers.

'Pringle Bay'

very short and stout. Bicoloured leaves. Pale pink flowers.

'Puck'

Short and very stout. large spoon-shaped leaves. Large pale yellow flowers.

'Purpurea'

Very tall (up to 3m), rather fastigiate growth. Deep bronze folage. Small orange flowers.

'Queen Charlotte'

medium height. Green foliage. Bicoloured flowers in red and yellow. Very distinctive.

'Richard Wallace'

Medium to tall. A very bushy plant producing many stems. pale green leaves. Yellow flowers lightly speckled with pink

'Robert Kemp'

A foliage variety. Tall, pale green, with small orange flowers. Procuces large clumps.

'Roi Humbert'

Tall. Dark bronze foliage. Dark orange flowers.

'Roi Soleil'

medium to tall. Green foliage. Intense rark red flowers.

'Roma'
medium height. Green foliage. Large flaccid bi-coloured flowers.
'Rosa Fuerta'

Medium height. Green foliage. Strong pink flowers.

'Rosemond Coles'

Medium to tall. Stout green foliage. Heavy bicoloured flowers in red and yellow.

'Russian Red'

A very tall foliage variety which produced a big bulky plant. Leaves bigger and darker than Purpurea. Small orange flowers.

'Saladin'

tall, bronze foliage, pink flowers with a silver sheen.

'Salsa'

'South Pacific' Medium height. Green foliage. Pink flowers with yellow centre. Grown from seed.
'Semaphore'

Tall. Bronze foliage. Brilliant golden yellow flowers.

'Shenandoah'

Medium height. Bronze foliage. Distinctive shocking-pink flowers.

'Striped Beauty'

Medium height. Green leaves with a white pinstripe. Yellow flowers with a central white stripe.

'Singapore Girl'

Tall, pale green, large orange flowers.

'Stuttgart'

One of the tallest cannas. Narrow glaucous leaves variously splashed and steaked ith cream. The cleam areas often turn brown, but this does not detract from the beauty of the plant. Small apricot flowers.

'Tali'

Short, bronze, orange flowers.

'Taroudant'

Medium height. Green foliage. Flowers yellow blotched red.

'Tchad'

See 'Black Knight'

'Triomphe'

tall. Dark bronze foliage. Dark red flower.

Tropicanna (TM)

See 'Durban'

Tropicanna Gold (TM)

We think this is identical to 'Bethany'

Tropicanna Black (TM)

We think this is identical to 'General Eisenhower'

'Tropical Bronze/Crimson'

Very short, dark bronze foliage. Scarlet flower. Usually grown from seed.

'Tropical Salmon'

Very short. Green foliage. Salmon flower. Usually grown from seed.

'Tropical Red'

Very short. Green foliage. Salmon flower. Usually grown from seed.

'Tropical Rose'

Very short. Green foliage. Pink flower. Usually grown from seed.

'Tropical White'

Very short. Green foliage. White flower. Usually grown from seed.

'Tropical Yellow'

Very short. Green foliage. Yellow flower speckled red. Usually grown from seed.

'Valentine'

Tall. Green foliage. large pink flower with sone yellow in the centre

'Verdi'

See 'Eric Neubert'

Water Canna 'Erebus'

Very tall. Narrow glaucous folige. Pink flower. RHS AGM Award

Water Canna 'Endeavour'

Very tall. Narrow glaucous folige with red edge. Red flower. RHS AGM Award

Water Canna 'Ra'

Very tall. Narrow glaucous folige. yellow flower. RHS AGM Award

Water Canna 'Taney'

Very tall. Narrow glaucous folige. Orange flower. RHS AGM Award

'Whithelm Pride'
Medium to tall. Dark green foliage with red veins and stems. large damask-pink flowers.
'Wine & Roses'

Short, green foliage, pink flowers.

'Wintner's Colossal'

Very tall. Green foliage, Orange flowers.

'Wyoming'

very tall, one of the tallest floral varieties. Dark leathery foliage. large tangerine-orange flowers.

'Yara'
Short. Green foliage. Yellow flowers speckled red.



SPECIES

C. paniculata

Tall. Dark green leaves. Small orange flowers which only have 1 petal.

See 'Robert Kemp'

C. indica

Several varieties. Various heights and colours of flower.

C. warszewiczii

from a number of sources. Short, narrow stems. Distinctive wavy-edged olive green leaves with red veins and stems. Bright red flowers and seed pods.

C. jaegeriana Tall, with pale orange small but distinctive flowers. Rather more tender than floral hybrids.
C. turckheimii

syn C. latifolia. 2 sources. Tall. Enormous bright green leaves. Orange flowers. Rather more tender than floral hybrids.

C. flaccida

Several sources

C. glauca

From various sources, which vary in the width of the leaves. Medium height. Very narrow glaucous leaves. Attractive spidery flowers.

C. glauca(2)

An interesting form with very pale folage and compact flowers.
Our seed came from the Coroni Swamp in Trinidad.

C. amabilis

We're not sure

C. jacobiniflora

2 sources. medium height. Green foliage. orange fLowers which REMAIN CLOSED.

C. patens

Various sources. An attractive dainty species with wiry stems and small green leaves. Attractive bicoloured flowers. Produces copious fertile seed if pollinated.

C. altensteinii

very tall, 3m or more. Pale green leaves and small orange flowers.