Canna ‘Ambrosia’

ORIGIN Ben R. Hager of Stockton, California, USA.
HEIGHT Small, under 1 metre
FORM Spreading

Canna ‘Ambrosia’ is a small cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, spreading habit; flowers are open, salmon and orange, throat pink, staminodes are medium size, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not known if true to type, not self-pollinating.

Ben R. Hager of Stockton, California, was co-owner of Melrose Iris Gardens and a highly successful breeder of Iris and Hemerocallis. He also introduced several fine varieties of Narcissus.  He was also responsible for Eileen Gallo and Tropical Sunset. For a man whose breeding efforts were primarily focused on iris and daylilies, he also had the Midas touch with cannas. 

Kelly's Plant World, California, USA. 1989 A melody of colors,
salmon, orange, yellow, pink. Foliage green. Height 1-2 ft.
RHS New Dictionary of Gardening, 1992
Dwarf to 60cm; fls large, pink
Louisiana Nursery Catalog, 1996
Exceptionally nice, dwarf Canna with showy clusters of very large orange-pink flowers on stalks to 2-5 feet tall
Ian Cooke, The Gardeners Guide to Growing Cannas
(M) A compact cultivar with a fusion of salmon, orange and pink in the flowers. The foliage is green. Available only from a few specialist nurseries in the USA and New Zealand
Podgora Gardens Catalogue, 2004
Large petalled, orangy-pink blooms appear amazingly vigorous despite the fact that the stalk rarely ever grows taller than 60cm.

Eileen Gallo

Canna ‘Eileen Gallo’

syns. Eileen Gail, Eileen Gale, Elaine Gallow, Ellen Gallow
(Crozy Group)

HEIGHT Small, under 1 metre
FOLIAGE Green and purple variegated
FORM Branching

Canna ‘Eileen Gallo’ is a small Crozy Group cultivar; green and purple variegated foliage, branching habit; oval stems, coloured green + purple; flowers are open, pale pink and apricot, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, petals yellow, 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 white and purple; tillering is average.

Mr Hager is renowned primarily as a highly successful breeder of Iris and Hemerocallis, so we are grateful that he has produced such a fine hybrid for canna enthusiasts.

Our earliest reference to this specimen is David Clulow, 2001.