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Canna, Semi-Dwarf 'Pretoria'

Between the melon-orange, torch-like blooms and the tropical, variegated foliage, 'Pretoria' creates quite a color spectacle! This canna is a medium height plant with gorgeous, orange flowers displayed on a reddish-orange stem. Striking banana-like, zebra-striped foliage features creamy yellow and green bands throughout the growing season. This magnificent, large foliage is also decorated with a subtle red-pencil edging making this canna most unusual and sought after.

Cannas bring a touch of the tropics to wherever they are planted. These exotic looking plants are indispensable for a splendid summer border bursting with drama. Their size, bright, showy flowers, and foliage patterns ensure that your Cannas will stand out. Makes a great centerpiece in bedding schemes and large containers. As soon as a stalk has finished blooming, remove it and a new one will take its place. If faded flowers are not removed, seeds will form and flowering will cease.

Plant Details +

Botanical Canna x generalis 'Pretoria'
Common Name Canna
Family Cannaceae
Height 3-4'
Spacing 12-18"
Hardiness Tender
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Variegated leaves with creamy yellow and green bands
Flower Melon-orange
Bloomtime July - October

General Information +

General Characteristics: Plants have large foliage and horticulturists have turned it into a large-flowered garden plant. Although a plant of the tropics, most cultivars have been developed in temperate climates and are easy to grow in most countries of the world as long as they receive at least 6–8 hours average sunlight during the summer, and are moved to a warm location for the winter. Canna attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They are deer resistant. They are good for indoor forcing and grow well in containers, naturalizing, perennializing. Canna are grown from a Rhizome. Canna is a genus of 10 species of flowering plants.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Plant in spring, after the ground, warms to about 50º F. 1. Dig a hole 2-4" deep. 2. Place rhizome in the hole. 3. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Cannas thrive in sunlight, heat, and humidity. Give Cannas plenty of water during the growing season. Space plants 12-18" apart. Plant heights 3-4'. Canna should be lifted before the first frost of fall in areas where the ground freezes. Dig, dry-off then place rhizomes in a well ventilated frost-free place for the winter.