Canna ‘Gran Canaria’
Origin Takii & Co., Japan
Canna ‘Gran Canaria’ is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; triangular main stems, coloured green; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured pale yellow, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white; tillering is slow.
One of the Island Series, in total there are: C. ‘Corsica’, C. ‘Gran Canaria’, C. ‘Kreta’, and C. ‘Madeira’. They were originally propagated as meristem cultures and distributed as small plugs, but as Canna does not lend itself easily to that form of culture they have been removed from widespread commercial production.
White flowers with a little yellow in the throat. Green foliage. Maybe the whitest of the whites.
Ian Cooke, The Gardeners Guide to Growing Cannas
(S) Pale primrose-yellow flowers fading to near white.
KAVB International Canna
Checklist, September 2004
BR1 Registered 1/1/99
Summary: One of the Island Series
, ‘Gran Canaria’ is considered to be one of the ‘nearly-whites’ and because of its rarity is considered to be quite a find. Forms small compact clumps of bright green foliage crowned with its iris-like delicate blooms.
Size: Small and compact clumps.
Flower: Medium-sized, iris-like, freely produced delicate pale yellow blooms, fading to near white. Just qualifies as a Canna
Origin: Raised by Takii and Co. Japan, one of the Island Series
which also includes ‘Corsica
The Island Series
was originally propagated by meristem culture and distributed each spring as young plugs for onward growing by nurserymen; because of this they were very healthy and free from virus. The series are early flowering and flowered about 10 weeks after potting.
The Takii corporation have removed the series from widespread commercial production because of problems with tissue culture.
Karchesky and Harris 2006
Pale yellow buds open white. Medium green foliage. Compact habit. Short height. One of the Island Series
cannas from Takii of Japan, late 1990s.