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Cleopatra Canna

Canna 'Cleopatra'

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Cleopatra Canna (Canna 'Cleopatra') at Vandermeer Nursery

Cleopatra Canna flowers

Cleopatra Canna flowers

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

An unusual and rare variety with huge green leaves, varigated with burgundy; large, two-tone flowers of red and yellow with orange flecks on top of this medium height cultivar; perfect for borders or containers; perennial only where roots don't freeze

Ornamental Features

Cleopatra Canna features bold spikes of yellow flag-like flowers with red overtones and orange spots at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its attractive large glossy pointy leaves remain green in colour with showy burgundy variegation throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Cleopatra Canna is an herbaceous annual with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Cleopatra Canna is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cleopatra Canna will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cleopatra Canna is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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