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any plant of the genus Canna having large sheathing leaves and clusters of large showy flowers

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"I tak' up my testimony against 'em--but I'm no' telling ye that I canna lay my hand on 'em if I like.
'I'm no dootun',' says I, 'but I canna see my way tull sign.
Warm and welcoming, orange is a Try cannas in terracotta pots to spice up purple or blue or calm down trendy white or lime green schemes.
Monsieur Theodore Annee of Passy France, a French diplomat, took some seeds of cannas back to France when he retired and in 1848 he crossed two cannas, and produced the first known and recorded Canna hybrid.
Walk around the new exotic garden at RHS Garden Wisley, the horticultural charity's flagship site, and you'll be transported to faraway places amid great, leafy banana plants, pint-sized pineapples, zingy yellow and orange cannas, lushleaved ginger and wafting palms.
Cannas have particularly striking foliage with stripes and markings in all shades of green, yellow, orange and red.
'I have glad bulbs, dahlias and cannas in storage in the cellar for the winter.
Cannas are one of the garden's biggest show-offs so take care of them as the first frosts creep in and the rewards will be immense.
Cannas come from the Caribbean and South America but thrive all over the world where conditions suit them, in warmer climes often escaping the confines of the garden and naturalising in the surrounding area.
Broad-leaved cannas, hostas, deep orange dahlias, fiery crocosmias and tender bulbs such as gloriosa will all add heat to the scene, while plants of architectural interest such as Fatsia japonica, palms, cordyline and phormium can all add to that tropical feel.
Cannas throw up huge, ornate leaves and the flower spikes are topped with orchid-like flowers varying in colour from pale lemon through to coral, salmon, pink, red and almost black.
Cannas went right out of fashion after they had been a plant much-loved by the Victorians, but this bold and beautiful plant has recently made a comeback for patio planting and to beef up a border from midsummer onwards.