Photo credit Wildbichi
Over the decades the various names of this variety have varied in popularity, as it has many synonyms. This week I discovered an old catalogue entry from W.W. Coles, nurseryman from Kokomo in central Indiana. This nursery was the plant originator (a sport of The President) and obviously the name is now confirmed once and for all as Canna ‘Rosemond Coles’. This also removes speculation that it was originated by Captain Cole in Australia.
The entry in the Canna Cyclopedia has been updated, but the separate synonym lists will not be updated until after Christmas.
Origin GERRITSMA Herman
Parentage Sport of C. Brillant
Blooming Good bloomer
Flowering July until frosts
Available No longer available
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Parentage Mutation of C. ‘Stuttgart’
Blooming Average bloomer
Canna ‘Omega’ is a tall Foliage Group cultivar; green foliage, large, lanceolate shaped, white margin, upright habit; oval main stems, coloured green; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured peach, staminodes are narrow, edges regular, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and pink; tillering is prolific.
Images courtesy of Alice Harris.
Slender lance shaped glaucous leaves. Tiny pinkish flowers. Very tall. Identical in leaf height, and flower to ‘Stuttgart
’, except that it has no leaf striations. May be identical with C. heliconifolia. Believed commonly to be ‘Stuttgart
’ which has reverted to plain green.
TyTy Nursery, Internet, 2000, November
Originated in South Georgia and grows to the enormous height of 16 feet. The leaves are huge, green and with banana-like vegetation 3-4 feet long. This astonishing behemoth is our most popular Canna
for mail order. The small orange blossoms may be easily pollinated to form seed and hybrid cultivars. The Canna
will grow well in sun or shade. It is worth the trip to our warehouse to examine this unbelievable giant of the plant world. Price: $19.00
Aaron’s Bulb Farm Internet October, 2000
Height 16 feet.
Ian Cooke, The Gardeners Guide to Growing Cannas
(T) Huge, glaucous-green, paddle-like leaves make this a worth while inclusion in an exotic planting. The small flowers in soft orange are insignificant. Said to be an improved from of C. Heliconifolia, it is very tall growing and has been known to reach nearly 3·9m (13ft) but this is under very warm conditions. Fairly easily available.
Summary: Solid blue-green lance-shaped leaves and tall-slender habit. Excellent foliage Canna
. The peach orchid-like flowers are a gratifying supplement to the foliage.
Size: Very tall height. 8′-10′
Flower: The peach orchid-like flowers are a gratifying supplement to the foliage.
Foliage: Solid blue-green lance-shaped leaves and tall-slender habit. Excellent foliage Canna
Origin: It is claimed to be a reverted ‘Stuttgart
’ and as omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and also means ‘the end’ that would seem probable, and the person who named it was telling us something. Its rhizomes also show a close relationship with the water cannas, as does ‘Stuttgart
Karchesky and Harris 2006
Species-type canna said to be possible an improved heliconifolia or annaei with small soft peach flowers over very large blue-green paddle-shaped leaves. Excellent foliage canna. Hummingbird attractive. Very tall height.