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Canna 'Happy Cleo' (CannaSol Series)

canna 'Happy Cleo'

Compact, rhizomatous perennial to about 50cm with mid-green leaves. Orange flowers, yellow at the throat, and with slightly darker speckles, are produced from early summer to early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Green
Autumn Orange Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Cannaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
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

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Outdoors grow in a sheltered site in fertile soil in full sun, planting in early summer once frosts have passed. Water freely in dry weather and apply a high potassium fertiliser monthly. Lift the rhizomes in autumn when frost blackens the foliage. Store over winter in barely moist peat-free potting mix or leaf mould in frost-free conditions. In mild areas leave in the ground but cover with a dry mulch. See canna cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Bedding
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Remove dead flowers individually to promote continued flowering. Leave to die back in autumn

Pests

Maybe susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite, slugs and caterpillars

Diseases

May be susceptible to canna viruses

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