Origin WINTZER Antoine
Awards Award of Garden Merit / RHS / 2002
Canna ‘Shenandoah’ is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, lanceolate shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; triangular main stems, coloured purple; spikes of flowers are open, self-coloured salmon, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, petals purple with farina, 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 pink and purple; tillering is average.
Shenandoah Valley, part of the Great Appalachian Valley, chiefly in Virginia, U.S. It extends southwest from the vicinity of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on the Potomac River and lies between the Blue Ridge Mountains (east) and the Alleghenies (west). Drained by the Shenandoah River, it embraces nine counties–Berkeley and Jefferson in West Virginia and Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Warren, Rockingham, Page, and Augusta in Virginia.
Conard & Jones Catalogue, 1899
SHENANDOAH.-A splendid red or bronze leaved variety, and the must unique novelty to date. The foliage is rich ruby red, exquisitely veined and tinted like rare hot house plant. It bears fine large trusses of beautifully waxy rose pink flowers, and unlike other red-leaved sorts. is a most early and abundant bloomer, highly ornamental, and sure to be in large demand as known. Strong plants, $1.00 each, by express.
RHS Journal of 1908-9
Featured in 1908 outdoor trials at Wisley.
Gladiolus-flowered, dark foliage and flowers salmon, pink, rose.
Conard & Jones Catalogue, 1915
Shenandoah. 4 feet. Waxy rose-pink flowers.
The I.W. Scott Co., Pittsburgh. PA, USA, Catalogue 1939
Flowers salmon-pink borne in large clusters; foliage rich ruby-red. Height 4 feet.
Burgess Seed and Plant Co, Catalogue 1939
SHENANDOAH. Large trusses of rose-pink flowers and ruby-red foliage. 3½ feet
Burgess Seed and Plant Co, Catalogue 1941
SHENANDOAH. Dark foliage. Large trusses of rose-pink flowers and ruby-red foliage. 3½ feet.
Brockings Exotics Catalogue, 1997
(S) 1894 pewter-bronze foliage, deep pink flowers.
Handbook, Keith Hayward. Edition 1.06. © September 2000
A Wintzer 1894. Flowers are a spectacular true pale pink, carried in large bunches. Bronze foliage, medium height, to 1·5m.
Rivendell Botanic Garden, List January 2001
Pink flowers, reddish blue leaves.
Royal Horticultural Society, England – Canna
AGM after trial at Wisley 2002. This one really deserved its award.
French Grown Stock
1.4m. Dark foliage. Orange flowers.
KAVB International Canna
Checklist, September 2004
A. Wintzer 1894; flowers salmon-pink, leaves brown, height over 80 cm.
Summary: Magnificent, shapely deep pink flowers, fading to almost ruby in the throat. The foliage is ruby coloured, with a white farina. Makes a medium sized clump.
Flower: Magnificent, shapely deep pink, fading to almost ruby in the throat.
Foliage: Ruby coloured foliage with a white farina.
Origin: Raised by A. Wintzer in 1894.
Karchesky and Harris 2006
Gorgeous heirloom canna with large brilliant shades of deep pink flowers to near ruby at the centers. Rich dark foliage with a white farina. Medium height.
Origin: Antoine (Leon) Wintzer, Pennsylvania
’s canna master. 1894.
Our appreciation to Keith and Chris Hayward for sharing Shenandoah. And to Ian Cooke from whom it originated.