Yellow Canna - Garden Canna
Golden Canna - Bandanna of the Everglades
Canna flacida Syn: Flaccida xgeneralis
Cannaceae (Canna) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth, tall or dwarf perennial with a rhizome from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is wet ditches at roadside, fresh marshes and cultivated domestic gardens. Distribution is coastal on the Escambia flood plain.

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 and about three inches long.

Yellow Canna, as well as the related Scarlet Canna, is known to have been an escapee for more than 100 years.

Flowers occur in the summer.

A cultivated hybrid (C. x generalis) with long red and yellow flowers is also becoming established as an escapee in fresh-water marshes along the Escambia and Black Water rivers.

Canna is known from several fossils of vegetative organs dating to the late Cretaceous period. The seeds are exceptionally hard and durable. A seed reported to be 600 years old and preserved in a South American archeological tomb germinated and flowered (J. C. Lerman and E. M. Cigliano 1971). No fossilized seeds have been reported.

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