What's blooming at Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory?
The Canna will stand out with its bold splash of color and tropical leaves. This hybrid called “Lucifer” is particularly striking with a flame-like flower of fiery red and brilliant yellow.
Canna lilies, as they’re commonly called, are native to Central and South America and love a tropical climate. They do best when grown in full sun and like a rich moist soil. Hardy in USDA Zones 8-12, they can also be grown in colder climates where they will need to be heavily mulched.
Cannas grow to different sizes: towering to an impressive 8-feet tall or with a variety of dwarf species like this one that will only get to 2 to 3 feet.
They come in a wide variety of colors, different types of foliage and will certainly be demanding attention in any garden.
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