Canna tuerckheimii

Tuerckheim's Canna, Palo de Sol

Canna tuerckheimii, commonly known as Tuerckheim’s Canna, is a stunning perennial plant native to subtropical and tropical parts of the Americas, particularly Guatemala. This tall, eye-catching species can reach heights of up to 3 metres, making it a dramatic addition to any garden. Its vibrant green leaves sprout from sturdy stems and can sometimes be mistaken for banana plants.

In colder climates, it’s essential to dig up and store the rhizomes indoors during winter to protect them from frost. Named after botanist Hans von T├╝rckheim, Canna tuerckheimii is highly valued for its ornamental appeal, adding an exotic, tropical touch to landscapes.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Canna tuerckheimii originates from subtropical and tropical climates. Plant in spring, ensuring the risk of frost has passed, in sunny, well-drained locations. Maintain rich, moist soil and mulch to preserve moisture and nutrients. As frost nears, dig up rhizomes, dry them, and store in a cool, frost-free place. In milder locations it may be possible to overwinter them in the ground, but plant the rhizomes extra-deep to protect and cover with a thick layer of mulch before the first frost.

This species can reach up to 3 metres in height, so provide ample space and support. Regular feeding with a balanced fertiliser during the growing season enhances growth and flowering. With proper care, Canna tuerckheimii can be a stunning addition to gardens, even in cooler climates.

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