Friday, June 4, 2010

Canna Lily

The canna lily is a beautiful, showy plant that produces spectacular blooms and large, broad leaves. This plant is indigenous to Central and South America and has now spread to many tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Cannas are one of the most popular plants in gardens throughout the world and professional growers who offer these plants for sale are easy to find.

This plant comes in a wide variety of colors and the leaves can be variegated as well. Many beautiful canna lilies are a product of hybridization. They require about 6-8 hours of sun for healthy growth and they do need to be protected from the cold in winter.

Canna leaves are in themselves quite beautiful and come in a wide variety of colors and shapes - curved, curly. In India, the leaves are processed to make paper. In other instances, the seeds are made into jewelry, or become part of a musical instrument or may be added to a gourd to make the rattling sound.

In Thailand, the Canna is given as a traditional gift on Father's Day. In South America, cannas were grown as a starchy food source derived from the rootsource, particularly in Ecuador and Peru. For information about how to grow canna lilies or to purchase a canna lily, go to

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