Canna ‘Tropicanna’

canna lily 'Tropicanna'


Canna ‘Tropicanna’ has become one of the most popular cannas grown worldwide and quite understandably.
Most growers agree that it is a tall, undemanding, robust cultivar with strikingly marked, almost psychedelic foliage topped by huge orange flowers. Given a rich diet and plenty of water in the growing season and protection from winter frost, it is a high octane ‘must have’ splash of colour for any tropical border.


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Origin: North and South America
Genus: Canna
Species / Cultivar: 'Tropicanna'
Common Name: canna lily 'Tropicanna'
Synonym: Canna 'Phasion'
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’ 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.