Canna ‘Tropicanna Black’
canna lily 'Tropicanna Black'
‘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.
‘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.
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.