Canna ‘Burbank’

syns. Epiphany, Sunshine, Sunshine Yellow
(Italian Group)(Aquatic Group)

ORIGIN Luther Burbank, 1896
HEIGHT Medium, 1-2 metres
FORM Upright
FLOWERING Good bloomer
AWARDS 1907 RHS Award of Merit

Canna ‘Burbank’ is a medium sized aquatic Italian Group cultivar, equally at home as a water marginal or in the border; green foliage, ovoid shaped, upright habit; round stems, coloured green; flowers are cupped, yellow with red spots, staminodes are large, edges irregular, stamen is yellow, petals green, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; seed is sterile, pollen is fertile; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white; tillering is prolific.

Although a contemporary of CannaAustria’, this cultivar differs by being closer to the wild species Canna flaccida in its behaviour. In tropical climates this cultivar could become a thug, as it is so prolific. This makes it great for Northern European climates where it thrives in a more controlled way.

Brunning's Catalogue, 1906
Deep green foliage, large flowers, light yellow, inner petals deep yellow, spotted with bronze.
RHS Award of Merit (Cannell, Froebel, J. Veitch 1907)
Featured in 1908 outdoor trials at Wisley. Orchid flowered, yellow marked with red, green foliage.
Cassells Dictionary of Practical Gardening, Walter P. Wright, 1910
Italian, or Orchid-like yellow flowers with green foliage. Note: Named Burbankii
Conard & Jones Catalogue, 1915
Orchoides. Burbank. 4½ feet. A giant in size. Canary-yellow with throat spotted crimson. Note: Implies green foliage.
Name accepted and listed.
Claines Canna Collection 2006
Summary: Yellow with spots in the throat. Green upright foliage. Size: Medium, 1m-1.3m (3’3″-4’4″) Flower: Yellow with fine red spots. Foliage: Light green, upright and vigorous. Origin: Luther Burbank, California, USA, 1896. Awards: 1907 RHS Award of Merit.



Canna ‘Ehemannii’

(Foliage Group)

PARENTAGE iridiflora was pollen parent and speciosa was the seed parent.
HEIGHT Tall, 2-3 metres
FORM Spreading
AWARDS 1880, R.H.S. First Class Certificate, 2002 RHS ‘AGM..

Canna ‘Ehemannii’ is a tall Foliage Group cultivar; green foliage, oval-acuminate shaped, spreading habit; round stems, coloured green; flowers are pendant panicles, self-coloured carmine, staminodes are large, edges regular, labellum is carmine, petals red, blooms open in the early morning; seed is sterile, pollen is fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and pink; tillering is prolific.

From Monsieur Anneé a hybrid cross of C. iridiflora and C. indica var. warscewiczii. It was distributed by M. Kolb, Inspector of the Botanical Garden at Munich, who first distributed it as C. ‘iridiflora hybrida’, but later as C. ‘Ehemanni’ after Herr Ehemann of Stuttgart.

In 1880 this variety was awarded the R.H.S. First Class Certificate, and then in 2002 (122 years later) it was awarded the Award of Garden Merit (AGN) at the RHS Wisley trials. The two highest awards possible and earned 122 years apart. It says it all for the quality of this hybrid.

Canna ‘Ehemannii’

Our earliest reference to this specimen is RHS First-class Certificate (Hooper 1880).


Canna ‘Tarrytown’

(Italian Group)

Origin BURBANK Luther
Height Medium
Foliage Dark
Form Branching
Flower Red
Blooming Outstanding bloomer
Flowering July/August/September/October/Until frosts
Tillering Average

Canna ‘Tarrytown’ is a medium sized Italian Group cultivar; bronze foliage, elliptical shaped, branching habit; oval main stems, coloured purple; clusters of flowers are open, red streaked with burnt-red, staminodes are large, edges ruffled, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, outstanding bloomer, flowers in July until frosts in northern temperate zone, blooms open in the early morning; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink and purple; tillering is average.