Canna ‘Van Houttei’
Blooming Good bloomer
Flowering August/September/October/Until frosts
Canna ‘Van Houttei’ is a tall Foliage Group cultivar; green and purple variegated foliage, very large, lanceolate shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; oval main stems, coloured purple; spikes of flowers are erect, self-coloured scarlet, staminodes are small, edges serrated, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer, flowers in August until frosts in northern temperate zone, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white; tillering is average.
Named for Louis-Benoit Van Houtte, 1810-76, a Belgian horticulturalist and politician . Assembled extensive plant collections on travels in South and Central America. Associated with the Jardin Botanique de Bruxelles, 1836-8. In 1839, moved to Gentbrugge, where he founded the Ecole d’Horticulture and the horticultural journal founded Flora des serres et des Jardins de l’Europe.