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.
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.
We also have some growing beside the caretaker's cabana.
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.
|Orange and yellow canna lily.|
|Nice and fresh after a pre-dawn shower.|
|Raindrops on lilies.|