Sunday, February 15, 2009

Today's Flowers;

Today's Flowers; Canna;










I grow a few Cannas in my garden. I am always impressed by these stately, exotic and tough flowers.
Here some information on this fabulous plant.


Canna (or Canna lily, although not a true lily) is a genus of approximately twenty species of flowering plants The closest living relations to cannas are the other plant families of the order Zingiberales, that is the gingers, bananas, marantas, heliconias, strelitzias, etc Canna is the only genus in the family Cannaceae. Such a family has almost universally been recognized by taxonomists. Recognizes the family, and assigns it to the order Zingiberales in the clade commelinids, in the monocots.
The species have large, attractive foliage and
horticulturists have turned it into a large-flowered, brash, bright and sometimes gaudy, garden plant. In addition, it is one of the world's richest starch sources, and is an agricultural plantAlthough a plant of the tropics, most cultivars have been developed in temperate climates and are easy to grow in most countries of the world as long as they can enjoy about 6 hours average sunlight during the summer. See the Canna cultivar gallery for photographs of Canna cultivars.
The name Canna originates from the
Celtic word for a cane or reed


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41 comments:

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

TITANIA

Very interesting post!
Wonderful flowers and perfect explanation about!
Thanks for posting as "Guest Friend" in TODAY'S FLOWERS.
Look now your post, it's already posted in TF.

Luiz

marie-louise said...

Hi Mum, I love Cannas too - they always flower with such profusion and also their leaves can be of a rich and exotic colour lending the garden a tropical and lush look. Love the information too. Love ML

lili11 said...

I have some cannas too. Sadly, they seldom blooms and I don't know why. I have them for almost 3 years and they only bloomed once. Sigh! I love yours. They are beautiful.Blossom Blooms

guild-rez said...

Great pictures and information.
Thank you!!
Every year I grow red Canna plants in my garden. The plants grow quite quickly and really make big statement.
Love to watch the hummingbirds close up. Yes, we have Hummingbirds in Canada too.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris is the most common and widely distributed of the hummingbirds in Canada.
- Cheers from Canada,
Gisela

Sunshine4Life said...

simply beautiful!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Titania! You must be Australian, at least by the look of some of your plants. I took photos of almost the same plants last year July and August when we were with my daughter in Cooktown. I hope you are okay! We are all sorry for the victims of the bush fires. It's terrible. Well what I wanted to say is: Your post is very interesting and the flowers are gorgeous!

Lilli & Nevada said...

These are very beautiful i love the color

Juliana RW said...

love ur flower shots

My entry for TF this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

RuneE said...

Very detailed and very well documented - a great post.

VALKYRIEN said...

You must have a beautiful garden! And you know so much about the plants! Lovely flowers - and pics!

Inkivääri said...

Interesting text of this beautiful flower and your pics are gorgeous!

david mcmahon said...

My Dad grew cannas. I remember them well.

Also enjoyed your post on Henry Lawson. He and Banjo Paterson chronicled the pioneer spirit so wonderfully.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I love Cannas but lately a lot have had the Canna virus so last year we didn't grow any.

Nice pictures, the yellow flowered one is really a great color.

Atlântico Azul said...

Hello Titania! Nice to meet you!
Lovely flowers and explanation!
(I never know the names of the flowers I photograph LOOOLL!)

Love, from Sunny Lisbon,

Sailor Girl

Carletta said...

They are both beautiful but I love the pink one!

Gill - That British Woman said...

great photos and interesting info.

Gill in Canada

fishing guy said...

Titania: Beautiful flowers on the opening and a neat show on your site. Congrats on some great choices.

Judy said...

These are such robust flowers. Someone has given me a couple of canna roots, so I hope they grow as well as yours!!
And I love the photos from Today's Flowers, too! I have no idea what they are, but they are such lovely colours! The first one, with the droplets of water on the purple petals? The second one with the intersting focus - I will have to try that. And the third one - The tiny blossoms in the centre!

Rosamaria said...

Beautiful, Titania!!
I didn't know the name of this flower.
Nice week.

Annie said...

Lovely canna...the top photos were slow to load, so I will be back..

Thanks, Annie

Titania said...

Judy, on TF the first one is a Giant spider Lily, Hymenocallis specie, perhaps Bermuda. The second is a shot of blue Agapanthus with a background of Daisies. and the third one is a Bromeliad just about to open its tiny flowers. I hope that helps you and I should have supplied some information to Luiz.

Fotos da Lurdes said...
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Fotos da Lurdes said...

TITANIA!
Great post...Wonderful flowers...
Love the information too.
Cheers from Portugal!
Lurdes

Joy0z said...

Great photos, lovely flowers. Now I know the name of these flowers. Canna, thanks for the info. Joyoz Photographs

Denise said...

A very enjoyable post, very interesting. Loved the photos. Thank you so much.

Raven said...

All great photos you are showing today. I love cannas as they are so easy to grow.

Sara Chapman said...

You have posted some great flowers, and I am enjoying my visit to your blog, with its exotic botanicals. My mother used to live in South Florida, and I believe much of what you grow she would have loved to try.

dot said...

I love cannas but I've never tried growing them. Yours are very pretty. Interesting post.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Titania
Congratulations for your great success as "Guest Friend" in TODAY'S FLOWERS.
My best,
Luiz

Race said...

Cannas are pretty blooms, you're right they're exotic!

Jama said...

Canna is quiet commonly found here in Singapore too, there's a lot around the parks here.

Arija said...

What lovely Cannas, your garden must be lovely.
Last year I got an Arrowroot plant liking to grow as much of our food source as possible, thank goodness I left it in a pot. It is one of the few things surviving on washing up water. The flowers are similar to Cannas.

MedaM said...

Great informative post and lovely colorful flowers, indeed!

Naturegirl said...

Beautiful and exotic! Lovely choice for TF!

Ferreira-Pinto said...

Very interesting post from a great gardener.
Lovely photos.
I could almost smell the scent of those flowers.

guild-rez said...

Thank you for visiting my blog with the moth pictures..
This island is nature lovers paradise, so much to see and discover!
- Cheers Gisela

nonizamboni said...

Gorgeous flowers from Downunder, both here and at Today's Flowers. Enjoyed tiptoeing through your gardens--thanks for sharing.

Die Ellie said...

Hello Titania, thanks so much for visiting me today so lovely. And what an honor to have you in my shining fellow list in bloggyland.. :-) and.. we have the canna too in Mama's garden. We have the one in ur 1st picture, and also we have yellow and orange on the way. Warm greetings from East Borneo.

happilyretired said...

These are lovely! I've never tried to grow them but we certainly get more than 6 hours of sunlight per day so perhaps I'll try growing some.
Hugs and blessings,

Ifthikhar said...

Interesting!!!
Nice Blog...

Titania said...

Thank you all for you kind comments on my guest/friend of Today's Flowers.