Plant height is about 3 feet and has red-tipped yellow flowers starting May and continuing sporadically through August. Seed pods are fuzzy green, which in themselves are attractive.
Pronunciation: KAN-uh bra-sill-ee-EN-sis
Species Meaning: Of or from Brazil
General information says they are zone 10, which means that frost would kill them, but they can regenerate from an underground tuber which should survive unless the ground freezes. That means it should be safe for us to grow here and leave out over winter. Will certainly keep one mother plant safe in the greenhouse over winter.
However, I noticed that late fall, the plant was beginning to look as if it would die back. I brought it into the greenhouse and immediately it is putting on new growth. Potted up into a 2 gallon pot 10/18.
3/14/21 started to bloom today.
Abrade a small portion of each seed with sand paper or on a rough brick or similar, then soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing ¾” deep. Keep in a propagator or warm place, at between 20 and 25 degrees C, and do not exclude light. Germination can be erratic, usually taking between 2 to 12 months, sometimes longer, so do not discard the seed pots. Pot on small plants frequently in a coarse loose compost to achieve huge plants very quickly.
Dec 16 2020 – Some of the seeds from last year were abraded and soaked. 10 seeds sown in 2 pots. 1 on heat. First signs of germination from on heat 1/29/21. About 60% germination so far.
I do have seeds for sale. 10 seeds for $7.99 (shipping included). Send me an email if interested. email: email@example.com
While Canna brasiliensis is often listed as a synonym for Canna indica, Plant World Seeds lists them separately (also states that they are rare) and they are somewhat different in appearance and in their cold hardiness. I have also seen them listed as C. indica ‘Brasiliensis.’ I am inclined to believe that they are a variety or cultivar of C. indica. Looking through the botanical literature, I still find some authorities that list C. brasiliensis. Whatever its real name – it is very pretty and rewarding plant.
Places that sell C. brasiliensis also seem to have much better hardiness ratings for it than C. indica.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20166 | Seed ID: S1804
Found in Pots,
In Pots. One mother plant will be brought into the greenhouse when nighttime temperatures fall below 40F.
We acquired this plant from Plant World Seeds.