• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Canna 'Amundsen'

Canna 'Amundsen'

Canna 'Amundsen'

© � RHS 1999

  • Other common names Canna 'Amundsen'

  • Genus Canna are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with erect stems bearing ovate leaves, with showy flowers with showy petal-like staminodes and small, coloured petals and sepals, borne in racemes or panicles in summer and autumn

  • Family Cannaceae / Cannaceae

  • Species 'Amundsen' is a vigorous plant to 1.5m, with pale-edged, green foliage and shapely bright red flowers opening in late summer and autumn


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Needs a sheltered, warm site and plenty of watering. In autumn, rhizomes can be lifted and stored in a frost-free place or, in mild gardens leave them in the ground but cover with dry mulch.

Propagation Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Leave to die back in autumn

Pests Caterpillars, glasshouse red spider mite and aphids may be a problem

Diseases May be affected by a virus

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