Canna flaccida

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Golden Canna, Bandana-of-the-Everglades


Plant Specifics

Size:3-6 ft tall by to 4 ft wide.  Spreads broadly via rhizomes.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant (north), evergreen (south). Blooms spring-summer. Clones are long-lived.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Grow as stands of flowers in moist areas.
Propagation:Seed or clumps can be divided (rhizomes). Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Self-fertile, so seeds can be produced by self-pollination. Pollination is facilitated by  bats, hummingbirds, and other small wildlife species.


Self-fertile, so seeds can be produced by self-pollination.

Pollination is facilitated by bees.

Larval host of the Brazilian skipper butterfly (Calpodes ethlius).

Native Habitats:Wet sites. Swamps, pond and lake margins, ditches, savannas, hydric pine flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures