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Introducing Jimmie Jill

Sunday, July 26th, 2009


Canna 'Jimmie Jill' is a seedling of C. 'Ermine'
Canna ‘Jimmie Jill’ is a seedling of C. ‘Ermine’

I want to name this canna after my sister-in-law, Jill Hill Forbes Fisher. She passed away in 2002. This canna flower is one of her favorite colors and Jill would have loved its playful look.


Jimmie Jill has wide-open apricot pink flowers.
Jimmie Jill has wide-open apricot pink flowers.

I recently noticed that Jimmie Jill has a branching flower stem, so that means more flowers on each stalk. Self-cleaning, too, if the humidity is just right.


Jimmie Jill has wavy green foliage.
Jimmie Jill has wavy green foliage.

This Little Light Of Mine

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Canna 'Bangkok' has the brightest yellow buds.
Canna ‘Bangkok’ has the brightest yellow buds.

C. ‘Bangkok’ is a treat for the eyes: green and white striped foliage, sunny yellow flowers, and red buds. It is short, so this year I am growing it in a pot. The foliage alone is very decorative.

Bangkok's flowers have an elegant white stripe down the center of the petals.
Bangkok’s flowers have a white stripe down the center of the petal.

Canna 'Omega'

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Canna 'Omega' has apricot flowers with a subtle yellow edge.
Canna ‘Omega’ has apricot flowers with a subtle yellow edge.

Omega is very tall with blue-green foliage.
Omega is very tall with blue-green foliage.

Dawn Pink's Leaf Tips

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Canna 'Dawn Pink' has cupped or spooned leaf tips
Canna ‘Dawn Pink’ has cupped or spooned leaf tips

More Cleopatra Pictures

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Canna 'Cleopatra' flowers
Canna ‘Cleopatra’ flowers

C. 'Cleopatra' has variably marked flowers
C. ‘Cleopatra’ has variably marked flowers

C. 'Cleopatra' with red streaks
C. ‘Cleopatra’ with red streaks

Bangkok Is Ready For Her Closeup

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Canna 'Bangkok' has yellow flowers with a white stripe down the center of the petals.
Canna ‘Bangkok’ has yellow flowers with a white stripe down the center of the petals.

Bangkok’s flowers are very beautiful and delicate. Unfortunately they do not hold up well under the desert sun. I felt fortunate to catch this lovely flower in a pretty good light. The foliage is a different story: it always looks great! I can understand now why some gardeners cut off the flowers and just grow Bangkok for the vigorous and dramatic foliage. Not that I would do that, mind you!

Bangkok has numerous synonyms – different names for the same plant. They include ‘Striped Beauty’, Christ’s Light’, ‘Nirvana’, ‘Minerva’ amd ‘King of Siam’.

A Broad-Shouldered Canna

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Canna 'Red Dazzler'
Canna ‘Red Dazzler’

Red Dazzler is big in every way. I love this picture looking down the center of this canna. It’s like a mini tropical universe.

Chocolate Stripes

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Canna 'Cleopatra' foliage with characteristic brown stripes
Canna ‘Cleopatra’ foliage with characteristic brown stripes

Cleopatra is a chimera. That means that there are two different sets of genes within the plant tissue that cause the striped leaves and harlequin flowers. Lovely brown and green leaves are a predictor for lovely yellow and red flowers.

Cleopatra is unstable, so that no two flowers may look alike. Completely green shoots will create solid yellow flowers. Brown shoots will have all red flowers.

Mystery Cannas Fixing To Bloom

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Unknown canna with buds
Unknown canna with buds

This striped leaf canna is new to my yard. It seems very happy in Las Vegas. It’s growth could be described as aggressive. I’m really excited about seeing the flowers. The leaves make me think of C. ‘Bangkok’, but we shall see.

On The Edge

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Canna 'Pretoria' has a thin red edge around the leaf.
Canna ‘Pretoria’ has a thin purplish edge around the leaf.

A burgundy edge outlines the lush green leaves of Canna 'Red Dazzler'
A burgundy edge outlines the lush green leaves of Canna ‘Red Dazzler’


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