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

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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. Also 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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