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King Midas

Canna ‘King Midas’

syns King City Gold, King’s Gold
(Italian Group)

Height Medium
Foliage Green
Form Spreading
Flower Yellow
Blooming Outstanding bloomer
Tillering Average

Canna ‘King Midas’ is a medium sized Italian Group cultivar; green foliage, elliptical shaped, transparent margin, spreading habit; oval main stems, coloured green; triangular flower stems, coloured green; clusters of flowers are open, self-coloured saffron-yellow, throat some faint red spots, staminodes are large, edges irregular, stamen is yellow, style is yellow, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, outstanding 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; tillering is average.

Krider Nurseries, Indiana, USA, 1936
KING MIDAS. Grows 3 ft. Green leaves, yellow flowers.
Inter-State Nurseries, Hamburg, Iowa, USA. Catalogue 1939
KING MIDAS. Best yellow, green foliage. 5 feet.
Westover Nursery, Clayton, USA. Catalog 1939
King Midas. Very large golden yellow.
Inter-State Nurseries, Hamburg, Iowa, USA. Catalogue 1950
King Midas-We think this the finest clear bright yellow. Large flowers right up to frost. Green foliage, grows 4 feet tall.
The Popular Encyclopaedia of Gardening, H.H. Thomas and Gordon Forsyth, 1955
Golden, green foliage
Cannas for the Florida Landscape, by B. Tjia and R. J. Black, 1990
King Midas, flowers golden yellow, foliage green, height 3.0′ (90 cm)
RHS New Dictionary of Gardening, 1992
To 120cm; fls gold.
Brockings Exotics Catalogue, 1997
(M) yellow flowers, very reliable and free flowering.
Hart Canna, 2000, Internet October 2000
Shiny green foliage, bushy growth. Fairly large rich yellow flowers, with feathery edge and slightly speckled throat (i.e. stamen and labellum). The flowers point upwards, and are compact in the sense that they hold their shape well. Medium height. Very vigorous. One of the first to start into life in the spring, and usually produces more canes from a single rhizome than my other cultivars. The commonest yellow, and one of the best. Possible synonym is ‘Canary Bird’.
Canna Handbook, Keith Hayward. Edition 1.06. © September 2000
See ‘Richard Wallace’.
Podgora Gardens, Sonja Mrsich, North Island, New Zealand. Catalogue
Golden-yellow, overlaid bronzy-red spots. 90cm.
French Grown Stock
Height 1.6m. Green foliage. Flowers covered with orange stripes.
KAVB International Canna Checklist, September 2004
Flowers blotched and spotted spanish-orange (RHS 26A) on aureolin (RHS 12A), leaves green, height to 80 cm.