Cannaceae (Canna) Family
The plant is an upright perennial; smooth; tall or dwarf with a rhizome. Its preferred habitat is stream banks, fresh water marshes or cultivated gardens. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaf blades are up to 20 inches long; lance-like; marked with parallel veins prominent above, smooth beneath; short stalked or clasping the stem; feels powdery to touch (like a grape).
Flowers are in a terminal cluster; irregular in shape; usually yellow or red; petals lance-like; about three inches long. Flowers occur in the summer.
The yellow variety is quite prevalent in the Florida Everglades. The plant is treated as a domestic ornamental in the Escambia region. The Wild Scarlet Canna is known to have been an escapee for more than 100 years.