Canna Tropicanna 

Canna Tropicanna commonly referred to as Canna ‘Durban’ is an Italian group cultivar of plants in the Canna genus belonging to the Cannaceae family. It was originally cultivated in Zimbabwe and is available in Europe and America, with its habitat as tropical areas. 

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Common names: Canna Phasion, Cann Durban, Canna Pretoria, Canna Bengal Tiger

Canna Tropicanna Black ('Lon01') (PBR)

Canna Tropicanna Black 

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This Tropicanna plant is very interesting as it occurs in black and gold variants. Tropicanna black is also referred to as Canna ‘General Eisenhower’ while Tropicanna gold is very similar to Canna ‘Bethany’.

About Canna Tropicanna

Canna Tropicanna is an herbaceous perennial plant of exotic ovoid-shaped foliage with broad fleshy leaves-typically bright burgundy, which emerge to become striped in red, pink, yellow, gold, green, or variegated. 

Its tall, branching stems are crowned by large, bright orange or salmon-coloured bloom with frilled edges. Also, it is a dense, clump-forming flowering plant that blooms from mid-summer to fall, with a perfectly round and sterile seed.

Canna Tropicana is dramatic and stands out from all cannas due to its lush texture and exceptional exotic foliage and magnificent bloom. It is capable of growing to a height of 2 to 6 feet tall and a width of 3 to 4 feet.

Growing and Caring for Canna Tropicanna

Propagating Canna Tropicanna

Canna Tropicanna can be propagated through division, by dividing their underground rhizomes.

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Growing requirements for Canna Tropicanna

Canna Tropicanna plants are fast-growing plants that require moderate care and maintenance and are best planted from spring to early summer when the temperature is warmer.

  • What Soil for this Canna?: Canna Tropicana thrive in most soils, including poorly-drained ones. They do well in rich, moisture-retentive soil with a pH of roughly 6.5. Although they are capable of handling a wide range of acidic to alkaline soils.
  • How much light?: Canna Tropicanna prefer to be positioned in full sun as it helps in foliage colour development, although they are capable of tolerating partial shade. Morning or afternoon sun with at least 4 hours of direct sunlight is ideal.
  • Water: Canna Tropicanna are water-loving plants capable of thriving in moist, wet, and even soggy conditions. They should be watered frequently for optimum performance.
  • Temperature: Canna Tropicanna grows better in warmer temperatures, with a minimum temperature requirement of 60 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They are frost-sensitive and should be protected against it.
  • Winter care: Canna Tropicanna can have their rhizomes dug up just before the first frost and kept indoors in a dry place over winter, to be replanted in spring.
  • Pruning: Canna Tropicanna requires none. 
  • Fertiliser: Canna Tropicanna blooms easily all summer without much help, although they can be heavy-feeders. Starting in early spring, they should be fertilised once a month with organic, slow-release fertiliser until the end of the growing season.
  • Insects and Diseases: Canna Tropicanna are not prone to pests and diseases. At most, slugs, caterpillars, and snails might need to be eliminated to protect the plant.