Canna Tropicanna series

Canna Tropicanna® stands out from all the rest – for good reason. The foliage is exotic and astonishing; the flowers are magnificent. It’s a plant that landscape professionals reach for when they need to create an impact. It’s a plant that takes hero position in mixed container plantings. It’s a plant that thrives with no fuss, making it the favourite canna of home gardeners everywhere.


The original Tropicanna has striped red, pink, yellow, gold, and green foliage with tangerine flowers produced over several months. Tropicanna Black has scarlet-orange flowers and purple-black leaves, and Tropicanna Gold’s green and gold striped foliage is topped with soft orange flowers edged in yellow – the spent flowers dropping naturally.


A position in full sun is best, though Tropicanna cannas tolerate partial shade. They cope in most soils including poorly drained areas. Full foliage colour develops when days are warmer (15ºC/59ºF or more), and the plant looks fantastic when backlit by a setting sun. Cut plants back to 10cm (4") in late autumn to prepare for next summer’s show.


Plant them as a tall border where the westering sun can shine through the foliage. Make them the focus and hero of large patio pots filled with super bright annuals. Liven up plantings near water features or boggy areas where these cannas will happily thrive. You can even grow them in large containers indoors near brightly lit windows.


Tropicanna cannas grow to form dense clumps from horizontal rhizomes. They’ll grow upright – in a garden bed they'll reach 1.2m tall in the first year and up to 1.8m tall from then on. In a large container they’ll sit at around 1.2m, and if in a sheltered position can be cut back any time to force new growth.


With masses of broad fleshy leaves, Tropicanna cannas do appreciate frequent watering to perform at their best. Feed in spring with a handful per plant of slow-release fertiliser.


Tropicanna cannas aren't prone to disease. They rarely have issues with pests, though caterpillars can damage leaves. It’s worth noting that because these cannas have large soft leaves, it’s a good idea to position plants out of the wind so they’re not vulnerable to damage.


Tropicanna Gold

Tropicanna Black

Landscaper tips

  • Perfect for use in narrow spaces where vertical cover is needed
  • Where boggy conditions may prove difficult to get anything established, let alone looking fabulous, Canna Tropicanna will claim the space and thrive
  • These cannas are perfect for making a very showy statement in strategically positioned mega containers
  • With broad foliage and the option of stripes, Tropicanna cannas are a great addition to planting schemes around minimalist architecture

Care instructions (USA):

Mild winters (USDA zones 7 through 11): As soon as the leaves begin to die back, cut off foliage to soil level, and leave in-ground or in pots over the winter. In Spring, growth will start up as warmer temperatures arrive.

Areas with severe winters (USDA zones 3 through 6): As soon as the leaves begin to die back, cut off foliage to about 4 inches, dig up the rhizomes, let them dry for a few days in a protected area. Store the rhizomes in a cool dry place for the winter surrounded with wood chips if possible. Divide the rhizome shoots and replant in spring after last frost. Start indoors to get an early jump on the season, but do not put outside until all danger of frost is past. They require a soil temperature minimum of 60 deg to begin to grow in early spring, but grow best once temperatures reach 75+ F.

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