Canna ‘Tropicanna Black’

canna lily 'Tropicanna Black'

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‘Tropicanna Black’ is a dramatic Canna whose deep purple paddle-shaped leaves are a perfect foil to large orange-red flowers often borne from July to October on stems up to 1.2m. A wonderful choice for summer borders and patio displays, requiring some protection from winter frost.

Origin: North and South America
Genus: Canna
Species / Cultivar: 'Tropicanna Black'
Common Name: canna lily 'Tropicanna Black'
Synonym: Canna 'Lon01'

Plant Biography

‘Tropicanna Black’ is a dramatic Canna whose deep purple paddle-shaped leaves are a perfect foil to large orange-red flowers often borne from July to October on stems up to 1.2m.

Cannas grow from underground rhizomes, which are rich in starch and grown in many areas worldwide as a commercial crop for both humans and livestock. All Canna species originate from semi-tropical and tropical parts of North and South America, though there are large naturalised populations around the world as well as a great many cultivars bred for horticultural display. The species name comes from the Latin for cane or reed, denoting their imposing upright habit.

Canna 'Tropicanna Black'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.35-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The foliage of ‘Tropicanna Black’ will reach a height of about 60cm+ but including the flower spikes attain a total of 1.2m. A showy statement feature for a sunny spot, they do best in rich fertile soil or with regular feeding.

They are very sensitive to winter frost: In mild areas they can be left outside in a sunny sheltered position if soil is not too wet and a deep layer of mulch applied. In colder areas they should be lifted after the first Autumn frost, cut back and stored in barely-damp compost in a frost free place for the winter.

Expert Tip

Happy in moist or even boggy ground in summer, they make a great choice for waterside display bedding. However they are also amazing for large well-watered container displays and summer borders.