30 Best Types of Canna Lily Varieties

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Not just the beautiful flowers but these 30 Best Types of Canna Lily Varieties have bold tropical and unique foliage as well

If you like the feel of the tropics in your garden, then here are the Best Types of Canna Lily Varieties you can grow for stunning tropical foliage having flowers to match!

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Best Cultivars of Canna Lily

1. Tropicanna Black

USDA Zones: 8-11

This beautiful variety offers big, rich, scarlet blossoms that fade to orange over vibrant dark bronze to chocolate leaves. It attains a height of 4-6 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

2. Brilliant


USDA Zones: 8-11

Its vibrant red blooms contrast with lance-shaped narrow leaves. This cultivar flowers from mid-summer to fall and reach up to 3-4 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

3. Cleopatra


USDA Zones: 8-11

This famous cultivar displays yellow blossoms with red spots over green or chocolate leaves. It grows to 3-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.

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4. City of Portland

USDA Zones: 8-11

‘City of Portland’ exhibits rich coral-pink blooms on erect stems from mid-summer to fall atop green leaves. It reaches up to 4-5 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

5. Ambassadour


USDA Zones: 8-11

This canna is one of the first white varieties and shows off creamy-white large gladiolus blooms embellished with pale salmon-pink throats.

6. Apricot Dream

USDA Zones: 8-11

‘Apricot Dream’ offers clusters of large lily-like pale apricot blooms patterned with gold and deep pink throats on erect stems.

7. Picasso


USDA Zones: 8-11

Loved for its leopard-like blooms, this award-winning cultivar showcases golden-yellow flowers mottled in red freckles atop green leaves.

8. Firebird


USDA Zones: 8-11

This fast-growing canna variety displays clusters of fiery crimson blooms over large green leaves. It grows to 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

9. Phasion


USDA Zones: 8-11

‘Phasion’ has colorful deep purple leaves with strawberry-pink veins and orange blooms. This popular variety grows up to 5-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.

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10. Pink Magic


USDA Zones: 8-11

‘Pink Magic’ grows fast and produces clusters of rich pink blooms on erect stalks over striped leaves. This variety reaches 3-4 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

11. Pretoria

USDA Zones: 8-11

The large vivid orange blossoms go well with green leaves and yellow-striped veins, adding a tropical feel to any garden.

12. Erebus


USDA Zones: 8-11

Admired for its stunning leaves, ‘Erebus’ exhibits blue-green foliage with a creamy stripe near the margins and coral-pink blooms. It grows to 3-6 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.

13. Yellow King Humbert

USDA Zones: 8-11

‘Yellow King Humbert’ displays deep rich yellow blooms blushed with orange over contrasting apple-green leaves. It reaches up to 4-5 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

14. President


USDA Zones: 8-11

This classic variety is loved for its large, scarlet blooms embellished with golden-yellow ribbon over tall stems. ‘President’ reaches up to 4-6 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.

15. Tropicanna Gold


USDA Zones: 8-11

‘Tropicanna Gold’ boasts golden blooms with deep orange speckled throats above erect flowering stems and green gold foliage.

16. Purpurea


USDA Zones: 8-11

If you want a stunning display of orange-red blooms to attract hummingbirds in the garden, this is the one to go for. It grows to 4-7 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.

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17. Golden Lucifer

USDA Zones: 8-11

This compact variety displays bright yellow blooms variegated with red freckles and lance-shaped green leaves. It’s ideal for sunny borders or big pots.

18. Wyoming


USDA Zones: 8-11

‘Wyoming’ features beautiful, opulent orange blooms with contrasting dark burgundy leaves. It attains a height of 3-4 feet and spreads up to 1-2 feet tall.

19. Ehemanii

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USDA Zones: 8-11

This award-winning canna showcases arching stems and pendulous deep rose-pink blooms over green foliage. It grows to 4-7 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.

20. Coccinea

USDA Zone: 7-9

Native to Northern Argentina, this beautiful variety offers raspberry flowers that look stunning with red or orange staminodes.

21. Canna compacta


USDA Zone: 6-9

It boasts dark red-orange erect blooms and lush green mid-sized leaves. Compacta is from Southern Brazil and Northern Argentina.

22. Canna flaccida or Water Canna


USDA Zone: 8-11

Water Canna is native to the wetlands of southeastern USA. It has large, lightly scented yellow flowers and narrow, glaucous blue-gray leaves.

23. Canna glauca


USDA Zone: 6-9

This canna displays dainty pale yellow and orange flowers. It belongs to the wetlands of tropical America.

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24. Canna iridiflora

USDA Zone: 7-11

This cultivar is native to Columbia, Peru, and Costa Rica, showing large dangling pink to red flowers and large green leaves.

25. Canna jaegeriana


USDA Zone: 8-11

Native to the forests of South America and the Caribbean, this canna features curved, small orange blooms and large oblong-shaped green leaves.

26. Canna patens


USDA Zone: 6-11

Canna patens are from Northern Argentina and produce yellow blooms with wide red edges. It is also called Indian shot, edible canna, and African arrowroot.

27. Canna paniculata

USDA Zone: 7-11

It grows flowers in the shades of red to yellow with green leaves. This variety belongs to Costa Rica, Southern Mexico, and tropical South America.

28. Canna speciosa


USDA Zone: 8-11

This variety produces bi-colored blooms with scarlet petals and large stemless arching leaves. This perennial can grow up to 3-5 feet tall.

29. Indian Shot


USDA Zone: 6-11

It grows bright yellow to scarlet and magenta blooms with blue to burgundy, bronze-green leaves.

30. Canna tuerckheimii


USDA Zone: 7-11

This canna is indigenous to Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia. It produces orange-red blossoms and large green leaves.

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  1. Where can I purchase sme of the Canna bulbs you are shoiwng? I like Golden Lucifer, Cleopoatra, Picasso, and Yellow King Humbert.

  2. Hi Joan,
    I have Cleopatra, Picasso, and Yellow King Humbert, if you are interested. They can be shipped depending on your zone, and are already sprouted.
    Thank you,


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