Canna 'Striata'
Common Name: canna 
Type: Bulb
Family: Cannaceae
Zone: 7 to 10
Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: Orange
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful


Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Rhizomes may be left in the ground in USDA Zones 7-10, however in the St. Louis area (Zones 6a-5b), the rhizomes should be lifted in fall for overwintering. Plant rhizomes 4-6” deep and 18-24” apart in spring after threat of frost has passed. Remove entire flowering stems immediately after bloom. In fall, cut plants to the ground after first frost and lift rhizome clumps for winter storage in a dry medium (peat or vermiculite) in a cool dry location than does not fall below 40°F. Rhizomes may be occasionally sprayed with water in winter to make sure they do not become so dry that root shriveling would occur. Container grown plants can be stored in their containers in winter. Propagate by division in spring before replanting outdoors.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Canna is a genus of around 10 species of rhizomatous, tropical and subtropical, herbaceous perennials that produce flower spikes in summer atop erect stems sheathed in large paddle-shaped leaves. Cultivars are available with colorful foliage and flowers in a range of warm colors including red, orange, yellow, pink, and creamy white.

Genus name comes from the Greek word kanna meaning a reed.

‘Striata’ is a popular hybrid cultivar that grows 4-6’ tall. It features medium green leaves (to 10-20” long) with yellow-striped veins. Orange flowers (to 3” across) appear in racemes atop purplish stems from mid-summer to fall. Dramatic foliage provides considerable ornamental interest when the plants are not in flower. Synonymous with ‘Bengal Tiger’, ‘Pretoria’ and ‘Malawiensis Variegata’.


Rhizomes may rot in poorly drained wet soils. Leaf spots, rust and bacterial blight may occur. Watch for aster yellows. Japanese beetles, caterpillars, leaf rollers, slugs and snails may chew on the foliage.

Garden Uses

Group or mass in beds or borders. Effective planted with both annuals and perennials. Foundations. Large containers. Leaves are particularly impressive when backlit by sun.