Some plants are more fun to photograph than others. Need I say more?
We felt like treasure hunters when we spotted this variegated canna lily growing with little or no care pressed up against a building at the Ag Museum in Mississippi…
although unlike the textures in my previous post about the museum, the cannas were not easy to miss.
Sunlight added life to the rippling yellow stripes so the architectural foliage glowed like a beacon.
Canna is a showy, clump-forming tender perennial that grows from rhizomes. Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’, an award-winning variegated form, holds bright orange flowers on sturdy scapes well above the foliage. I left Mississippi before the flowers emerged, which would be from summer through to autumn.
I’m using the name that appealed to me most, but synonyms include Canna ‘Pretoria’, Canna americanallis var. variegata, and Canna striata.
Shared for Cee’s FOTD challenge.
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It is always interesting to take a close look at nature’s designs.
So many patterns and colours…
Your photos with the curved patterns look like paintings. Great shots!
Thanks, Peter. It’s very kind of you to say so.
The abstract photos would make wonderful prints for cushions, especially that last one. I have a photo of this Canna with flowers – this one grows in Penzance!
There seem to be pictures of it with plain orange flowers as well as ones with lily-like markings, like yours. I wonder if the flowers change as they open?
This happens to be one of only seven cannas here. We know it as ‘Pretoria’.
It seems to be a world traveller.
Many cannas are. Canna edulis is so popular in Vietnam that the kids from Vietnam whom I grew up with thought that they were native there. I still find the ‘Carpathian’ English walnut from Persia to be amusing, as well as the ‘Algerian’ Mandarin orange.
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