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Constitution Canna

Canna 'Constitution'

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Constitution Canna (Canna 'Constitution') at Hicks Nurseries

Constitution Canna flowers

Constitution Canna flowers

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

A stunning garden addition with huge copper-burgundy leaves; large flowers that are shell pink with coral centers top this towering plant; perfect for the back of borders or as an accent; perennial only where roots don't freeze

Ornamental Features

Constitution Canna features bold spikes of shell pink flag-like flowers with coral-pink centers at the ends of the stems from early spring to early fall. Its attractive large glossy pointy leaves emerge green in spring, turning coppery-bronze in color with pointy burgundy spines the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Constitution Canna is an herbaceous annual with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Constitution Canna is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Constitution Canna will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features