Canna ‘R. Wallace’
syns R. Wallis
Origin PFITZER Wilhelm
Awards RHS Award of Merit 1907
Height Small, less than 1 metre
Blooming Good bloomer
Canna ‘R. Wallace’ is a small Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oblong shaped, white margin, spreading habit; round main stems, coloured green; flowers are open, pale yellow with rose spots, staminodes are large, edges regular, stamen is rose-red with small yellow flecks, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, good 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 and pink; tillering is average.
The RHS Journal of 1908-9 shows that this cultivar was featured in the 1908 outdoor canna trials at Wisley. It was entered under the section titled “Gladiolus-flowered, green foliage and flowers yellow, faintly spotted, or a little marked with red.”
Survived the test of time, nearly a hundred years after winning the highest award the RHS had to offer, this cultivar is still thriving and full of vigour. A medium sized clump of attractice green leaves, and crowned by gladioulus type pale yellow blooms with a few rose spots in the throat of its lightly frilled petals. Often anything yellow with red spots is given this name. That normally turns out to be Canna ‘Austria’, which is an Italian Group (orchiodes type) flower and is easily recognised as an imposter.