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Durban Canna

Canna 'Durban'

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Durban Canna (Canna 'Durban') at GardenWorks

Durban Canna in bloom

Durban Canna in bloom

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Durban Canna (Canna 'Durban') at GardenWorks

Durban Canna foliage

Durban Canna foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 feet

Flower Height:  8 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Description:

This tall variety with impressivey large and colorful leaves is crowned with brilliant orange-red blooms in summer and fall; perfect for the back of borders or as an accent; perennial only where roots don't freeze

Ornamental Features

Durban Canna features bold spikes of orange flag-like flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to mid fall. Its attractive large pointy leaves emerge dark red in spring, turning green in colour with prominent yellow stripes and tinges of coppery-bronze the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Durban Canna is an herbaceous evergreen perennial 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

Durban Canna is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Durban Canna will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity extending to 8 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

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.

Durban Canna is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features


Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.