Gardening with Cannas and their other Use's
Not just garden plants

Colorful Cannas are most widely grown as exotic tropical plants for their big beautiful and bright flowers.

Apart from their garden flowers their foliage and seeds also have many uses and have been used in other ways.

How do you use canna plants in your garden?

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Garden Cannas pictured above John Lochner, Verdi and Marie Nagal

The beautiful flowers pictured above are cannas John Lochner in the front, Verdi is in the center and Marie Nagal at the back. This picture was taken at a friend's property and his name is Glen, he has bred many new and unusual plants that are known as the Cannagle cannas with some of them now being grown Internationally.

In the mid 1800's when they were first starting to be hybridized, they became very popular garden plants and grown widely for their flowers. Hundreds of new hybrid plants were raised and introduced.

The hard seeds from them is also widely used in jewelry such as earrings and necklaces, some musical instrument such as shakers use the seeds too.

There is also an edible plant called Arrowroot that is suitable for cooking and is grown world wide as a food source for domestic farm animals.

Often heard are stories of their hard round seeds being used in musket guns as their seeds are like a lead pellet hence the name Indian shot that’s referring to the seeds from species canna indica

These plants are not to be confused with cannabis the drug; they don’t even belong together in the same family.

And in the art world there is the famous painting Red Canna by Georgia O'Keeffe produced in 1923.

There are also beautiful artificial canna plants that you can buy with the flowers and foliage made from silk.

For the collector there are some beautiful home ornaments by Francis Chen with such detail to the canna on them, they are made with clay.

Recently I purchased a ceramic canna tile with a distinctive yellow flower on it, the canna on the tile is the heirloom cultivator Trinacria Variegata.

Canna flowers printed on fabric can also be found along with their flowers printed and made into coasters.

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Use's For Gardening With Cannas! What Other Visitors Have Said

Click on the links below to see some great reviews about Gardening with Cannas and how they have been used. They were all written by other visitors to this page.

Beautiful to wake up to fuss free plants, this canna J.D.CABOS flowered for 3 weeks then set fertile seed. This 2nd bloom is smaller than 1st, which was …

Easy maintenances, likes better than roses. What you get, is what you get & enjoy it. Would like to nut out viruses cutting leaves off & less watering …

I grow my own,as a serious hobby & photo them as a serious,artistic hobby.A double enjoyment of 1 plant,little surprises I call them.Esp great early a.m …

Canna Black 
I own several canna blacks. My favorite right now is Canna Black. Grows up to 6 feet here in California and it blooms the earliest. Sometimes from April …

Found growing wild in Indonesia 
Found this one at work growing wild on the side of the footpath Raelene's Reply: This is a nice find of the old canna Yellow King Humbert, …

My First Canna 'Find'! 
I didn't really know what it was .. but there, lying lost & forlorn on the pile of garden rubbish at the tip, it was! A large & brightly variegated Burgundy/Red/Bronze …

CANNAS at WINDOWS Not rated yet
Beautiful to wake up to.Fussfree plants,this J.D.CABOS flowered for 3 weeks then set fertile seed.This 2nd bloom is smaller than 1st,which was on a 6 ft …

Privacy in the city Not rated yet
I love my cannas. I have presidents, and tropicanna (green verigated leaves,yellow-orange flowers) varieties. I also recently bought Tropical "Bronze Scarlet. …

I LOVE CANNAS Not rated yet
I love cannas because they are so easy to grow Great flowers and like how the Seed pod grows The Cannas are very strong plant iv watched one canna break …

Used Cannas to Screen the Street Noise etc Not rated yet
I have used cannas in the garden to screen the street noise as I live on a corner and I have found that they are very good, also I have used them to place …

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