Canna ‘Tropical Red’
syn Tropic Red
Origin TAKII SEED
Blooming Good bloomer
Flowering June/July/August/September/October/Until frosts
Canna ‘Tropical Red’ is a small Miniature Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, spreading habit; oval main stems, coloured green; clusters of flowers are open, self-coloured red, throat pale yellow, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, style is yellow, petals red, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer, flowers in June 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 thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and purple; tillering is average.
Although an urban myth has built up around the Tropical Series, stating that they are self-pollinating and true to type, the fact is that their reproductive organs are no different from the rest of the Crozy Group. They are neither self-pollinating or totally true to type. By growing each series cultivar in isolation from other cannas, and destroying any of the wrong flower colour, the seed suppliers are able to maintain the correct colour in the seeds.