Bengal Tiger Canna
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Other Names: syn. Canna Pretoria, Canna Aureostriata
This tall variety with impressive yellow and dark green striped leaves, is crowned with brilliant orange blooms with yellow edges in summer and fall; perfect for the back of borders or as an accent; perennial only where roots don't freeze
Bengal Tiger Canna features bold spikes of orange flag-like flowers with yellow edges at the ends of the stems from mid summer to mid fall. Its attractive large pointy leaves remain dark green in color with prominent yellow stripes and tinges of chartreuse throughout the year.
Bengal Tiger 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;
Bengal Tiger Canna is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Bengal Tiger Canna will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
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.
Bengal Tiger 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.