Canna indica var. maculata (Hook) Nob. Tanaka
syn. lutea var. maculata (Hook.) Petersen
HEIGHT Medium, 1-2 metres
A medium sized species; green foliage, lanceolate shaped, transparent margin, arching habit; spikes of flowers are erect, yellow with red spots, staminodes are long and narrow, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, self-pollinating and also true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and pink; tillering is average.
Maculata is Latin for ‘spotted’, which sums up this plants main attribute, its delicate, refined spotted flowers.
Originally known as orientalis maculata, when orientalis was thought to be a separate species. This is not accepted by modern taxonomists, and this is now thought to be an indica variety.
Our earliest reference to this specimen is Johnson’s Dictionary 1856.