Longwood Gardens


Canna ‘Independence’

(Conservatory Group)

Origin ARMSTRONG Robert J., Longwood Gardens
Height Medium
Foliage Green
Form Branching
Flower Yellow
Blooming Low bloomer
Tillering Slow

Canna ‘Independence’ is a medium sized Conservatory Group cultivar; green foliage, ovoid shaped, transparent margin, branching habit; oval main stems, coloured green; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured lemon (RHS 9A), staminodes are medium size, edges regular, stamen is primrose-yellow, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, low bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white; tillering is slow.

The cultivar is a very slow at tillering, and so is in short supply and is very difficult to obtain.

Canna ‘Independence’ Longwood Gardens
Plant Introductions, Robert J. Armstrong Geneticist Longwood Gardens 1967-1999
Bright yellow flowers, green foliage.
Ian Cooke, The Gardeners Guide to Growing Cannas
(M) The large, lemon-yellow flowers are copiously produced. It has green leaves with transparent margins. This cultivar is shy at producing rhizomes, so is often difficult to obtain. It was raised by Longwood Gardens in 1977.
Brilliant lemon yellow flowers on green foliage. Great bloomer but limited rhizome production makes for limited availability. Grows to around 3 feet.
Royal Horticultural Society, England – Canna Trial 2002
AGM after trial at Wisley 2002 from Longwood Gardens.
Yellow flowers and green foliage.
KAVB International Canna Checklist, September 2004
Main colour of flower yellow (RHS 9A), leaf green, hybridized by R.J. Armstrong, USA and registered by: Longwood Gardens, USA