A flower going beyond all heights
The Tyler Rose Garden is bringing the tropics to East Texas.
The Summer's brightest flower, the Canna Tropicana, is a flower
that is going beyond all heights to be seen.
If the bright orange petals and gaudy green leaves weren't enough to get
noticed, this exotic flower stands extremely tall.
County Extension Agent-Horiculturist, Keith Hansen, told KETK that the richer the soil is the more moist it is which is what makes the Cannas grow so tall. The foliage can reach nearly 6-feet tall, while the flower stalk can shoot up to nearly 7-feet tall.
Cannas come in other bright colors, such as, yellow and red, but during the
Summertime the orange-Tropicana seems to be the most popular.
The bright orange Cannas are a result of lots of breeding and are "taking
the gardening world by storm."
The Cannas grow best when they are in direct sunlight near the back of your garden, so that they can expand as the other flowers grow infront of them.
Hansen tells KETK that the only problem that gardeners have with Cannas are caterpillars chewing on their leaves when they're rolled up, resulting in
foliage with holes.
The beautiful Cannas are groomed by the Smith County Master Gardeners. The Master Gardeners go through a volunteer program to innovate, demonstrate, educate, and apply agricultural knowledge to the public.