Our canna lilies were thriving during the intense heat that Tucson and southern Arizona experienced this summer. Cannas are spectacular in our desert garden and I was thrilled it made the top 10 heat-resistant plants list.
We have several canna lilies that are growing in extra-large pots. It is a joy to watch the leaves on this perennial plant shoot up and slowly unfurl into this tropical-looking foliage.
Caring for a canna lily requires low maintenance and is quite easy. Ours receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight; which cannas prefer. These lilies do well in large pots with good drainage. When choosing a container, bigger is better! This flowering plant does exceptional with some moisture so try not to let it dry out completely.
A canna lily is not actually a lily. This exotic plant is related to the Ginger and Banana plants. The flowers are beautiful but I have to admit my favorite part is the canna lily leaves. The leaves are wide with a stripy pattern making cannas leaves the center of attention in our yard.
Order: Zingiberales, Family: Cannaceae, Genus: Canna
Infested cannas do not bloom, and generally look unhealthy. Are bugs eating your canna lily leaves? To address canna leaf rollers, cut off infested leaves or unroll leaves and destroy the caterpillar. We spray bacillus thuringiensis, Bt, a few times a year when needed. It is organic and easy to use if you follow the directions on the bottle.
To prune your canna lily simply cut the dead or damaged foliage at another leaf line to allow for new plant growth.
The rhizomes of Cannas are similar to potatoes but sweeter. In South America they are grown for food. Peel and cut the roots into chunks; place them in the oven and enjoy your delicious canna lilies.
If you live in climate, growing, zone 7 or warmer, your cannas can be grown outside year round. In cooler climates the rhizome can be dug up and stored in a cool, damp environment. Plant your canna lily in the spring by burying the rhizome 4-6 inches below the surface.
These over-sized gracious leaves and silky tall flowers make our front garden a tropical escape away from the arid Arizona desert.
the countdown continues with some unique plants ahead…