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Golden canna, Bandana-of-the-everglades
Canna flaccida
Cannaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Water gardens and along pond and lake edges.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A somewhat rare understory element of swamps and marshes.

Availability: Widely cultivated.

Description: Large herb with large leaves and bright yellow flowers.

Dimensions: Typically 4-6 feet in height. Individual stems are taller than broad, but clusters of plants may form a mass.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Swamps and marshes.

Soils: Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly drained organic soils.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Brown capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host and nectar source for Brazilian skipper (Calpodes ethlius) butterflies. Attracts bee, bat and hummingbird pollinators. Provides food for birds.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed or division.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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