Bulbous & Succulent Weeds

Canna Lily/Indian Shot

Canna indica, Canna x generalis

A very widely planted species that prefers wet boggy sites. Commonly used in septic tank absorption trenches. Garden refuse dumping and deliberate planting in reserves and wetland areas is the main problem.
  • Family Cannaceae
  • Origin Tropical and South America
  • Habit Erect, herbaceous perennial to 2m high with No true stems. Stems are a collection of tightly furled leaf bases.
  • Leaves Dark green to multi coloured and striped, large (60 x 25cm), arranged alternately on stems.
  • Flowers Tubular flowers (yellows oranges, reds and pinks) formed in asymmetrical clusters. Spring-Autumn.
  • Fruit Black, globular seeds (5-7mm long) borne in capsule, and spread by birds.
  • Roots Extensive, fleshy rhizome formed underground.
  • Dispersal Seed and rhizomes spread by water, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
  • Control Hand pull/dig, bagging all plant parts and removing from site. Foliar spray, Cut and Paint.

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