Friday, August 25, 2017

Canna Lilies

Canna lilies are native to Belize and Central America.  Wild ones grow along the wet sides of the Monkey River Road as it cuts through the lowland jungle.  The wild ones are quite tall and have gorgeous ruby-red flowers that are somewhat smaller than the cultivated varieties.  (I think I know of some that need rescuing.)  In the meantime, we have a beautiful cultivar growing here.
Orange and yellow canna lily.
We have this planted all along the 100 ft. long path to the back landing on Black Creek.  Since canna lilies like wet feet, this path that goes through the swamp is a great location for them.
Nice and fresh after a pre-dawn shower.
 We also have some growing beside the caretaker's cabana.
Raindrops on lilies.
Canna lilies are easy to propagate by dividing the rootstock much like irises, so we will be able to divide these and spread them around.  I want to mix the wild ones in amongst them and perhaps get some other colors, too.

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  1. Here in North Florida the canna lilies thrive! I had that exact same one at another house and have many of the the ones with the tiny red blossom at this house. I love them.

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    1. They are terrific, aren't they? Almost impossible to kill. We even had them in Minnesota. We kept them in pots on the patio in the summer and then moved them into the sunroom over winter. Pretty sure that the ones I photographed are descendants of plants we had in MN. A few must have found their way into my suitcase at some point.

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  2. Spectacular flowers! The canna lilies offer a great show with their big size and variety of color.

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    1. The flowers are great. Each one doesn't last very long, but there are so many blossoms that open one after another on a single plant. And then the seeds look pretty interesting after the flowers are finished.

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  3. Such beautiful Canna Lilies, Wilma: I love the fiery two-tones. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. I always enjoy your blog.

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