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Any of various perennial tropical herbs of the genus Canna, having clusters of large showy flowers and including an edible variety.

[Latin canna, cane; see cane.]


(Plants) any of various tropical plants constituting the genus Canna, having broad leaves and red or yellow showy flowers for which they are cultivated: family Cannaceae
[C17: from New Latin cane1]


(ˈkæn ə)

n., pl. -nas.
any of various tropical plants of the genus Canna, of the canna family, cultivated for their large, brightly colored leaves and showy flowers.
[1655–65; < New Latin, Latin: reed; see cane]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canna - any plant of the genus Canna having large sheathing leaves and clusters of large showy flowerscanna - any plant of the genus Canna having large sheathing leaves and clusters of large showy flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Canna - type and sole genus of the Cannaceae: perennial lily-like herbs of New World tropics
Canna generalis, canna lily - plants grown for their large bright yellow to red flowers
achira, Canna edulis, Canna indica, indian shot, arrowroot - canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained
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Go for strong shapes such as Canna lilies with their delicate trumpets, or full-blown white peonies for a dash of decadence.
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Plant canna lilies grown in pots in the greenhouse outside now, providing taller plants within summer bedding displays.
The obvious jobs include bringing any tender summer plants such an canna lilies, dahlias, gladioli, tuberous begonias and liliums into a cool glasshouse, frost free garage, frost free porch, cool spare bedroom or similar to dry out.
LARGE, banana-like leaves - which come in greens, blue-greens, variegations and stripes - and bold, exotic-looking blooms that resemble giant gladioli in yellow, orange, red and pink shades make canna lilies tops for giving the garden a tropical touch.
At night when I'd lie awake in the old iron bed, I'd look out the screened window at the huge canna lilies silhouetted in the moonlight and smell the sweet fragrance of the rose-covered trellis nearby.
The flower list is considerable, ranging from anemones to tropical canna lilies, every shape and form of chrysanthemums, dahlias and blue liriopes, sedums for butterflies, toad lilies and colchicums.