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Van Houttei

Canna ‘Van Houttei’

(Foliage Group)

Origin Lierval
Height Tall
Foliage Dark
Form Upright
Flower Red
Blooming Good bloomer
Flowering August/September/October/Until frosts
Tillering Average

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.

Le Canna, E. Chaté et fils, 1867
Subtropical Gardening - Robinson 1868
Stems dark-red, vigorous, from 5 ft. to 6½ ft. high. Leaves lance-shaped. pointed, green, rayed and margined with dark purplish-red, 2 ft, to 2½ long. Flowers large, well formed, poppy-red. Rootstocks grey, long, cylindrical. A very handsome and hardy variety.
George Nicholson, The Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening, 1888.
(Van Houtte’s). Flowers bright scarlet, large, very abundantly produced. Leaves lanceolate, 2-2½ long, acumminated,, green, rayed and margined with dark purplish-red.
Thompson's Gardener's Assistant, Edited by Thomas Moore, 1892
Robust, 5 to 6 feet in height, clothed with lanceolate green leaves, rayed and margined with deep reddish purple. Flowers large, bright reddish scarlet. It is effective, and stands well in exposed positions.