Canna indica L. - Indian Shot

Canna indica plant

Family - Cannaceae

Stems:

N/A

Leaves:

Canna indica leaf

Canna indica leaf sheath

Inflorescence:

Canna indica inflorescence

Canna indica bractBract subtending the flower.

Flowers:

Canna indica flower

Canna indica ovaryOvary.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Cultivated and escaped to swamps, marshes, wet ditches.

Origin - Native to tropical America.

Other information - This tall, attractive species is widely cultivated in Alabama and is rarely found escaped. The plant can be identified by its big, sheathing leaves and bright red flowers. Other species and cultivars of Canna have different-colored flowers and double flowers also.
The genus name Canna derives from the Greek "cann(a)" meaning "a reed."
The species epithet indica derives from the Latin "indic" meaning "Indian" referring to the plants origin (the West Indes).

Alabama Distribution:

Canna indica map

Photographs taken off Opelika, AL., 6-3-06.


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