If you like the Bengal Tiger Canna Lilies for their interesting striped foliage, you should also try out some other cool variegated, striped, and colored Cannas. You’ll love them. If you are unfamiliar Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ or other striped Cannas, this article will describe them to you.
Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’: (syn: Canna generalis ‘Aureostriata’ or Canna ‘Pretoria’) Imported from India in 1963 by the Glasshouse Works guys, this is considered to be the most beautiful of cannas. The dramatic stalks of green-and yellow-striped leaves with a brilliant maroon edge grow to 6 ‘and are topped in summer with bright orange flowers … scrumptious! Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ will also grow in water as an aquatic. (Sun, Zone 7b-10, Ht 72 “)
Canna ‘Durban’: This is one of the new wave of variegated leaf cannas. The reddish purple leaf is dramatically striped with yellow veins. In addition to the dramatic foliage, the plant is topped from late spring through late summer with stalks of large brilliant scarlet-red flowers for a combination that would make even the most flamboyant designer blush. Canna ‘Durban’ makes a great garden plant but does not multiply as fast as the other variegated leaf types. Some people say it is the same as ‘Phasion’ but others argue that it is not. (Sun, Zone 7b-10 guessing, Ht 50 “)
Canna indica ‘Red Stripe’: (poss. Syn : Canna indica ‘Purpurea’) We have been growing Canna ‘Red Stripe’ in our test garden for a number of years, as visitors begged us to begin propagation. The 8 ‘tall, thick stalks are home to large (nearly 2’ long) leaves of purple with a dramatically contrasting green pattern between the veins.Topping, but not distracting from, the great bold foliage are stalks of small, brilliant red flowers. ..a can’t-miss addition to the border! (Sun, Zone 7b-10, Ht 96 “)
Canna ‘Kansas City’: This unusual canna adds to the ever increasing line of variegated foliage cannas.From our plant-nut friend, Jim Waddick, comes this sport discovered in Kansas City, MO.The foliage has irregular 1 “wide sectoral patterns, alternating green and chartreuse.In late summer, the clumps are topped with large bright butter yellow flowers. Visitors have been after these for years … a true collector’s item. (Sun, Zone 7-10, Ht 48 “)
Canna ‘Mactro’ PP 13,809 (Tropicanna Gold TM): Yes, it’s another new canna from the folks at Anthony Tesselaar … reportedly a Canna ‘Phasion’ seedling from the breeding of New Zealand’s Neil MacCormick. In appearance, it is similar to the ‘Bengal Tiger’ Canna with bright yellow-and-green striped leaves. The bright, luscious foliage makes a sturdy 4-5 ‘tall clump, topped from midsummer until fall with flower spikes of large, bright orange flowers, each with a yellow border. Another difference is that the flower stalk is creamy white as compared to red in Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’. (Sun, Zone 7b-10, Ht 50 “)
Canna ‘Phasion’ PP 10,569: (Tropicanna Lily): Oh, my … just when you think you’ve seen it all, here is the latest in “Shock Gardening.” This incredible recent introduction from Jan Potgeither of South Africa is a sport of the ever-popular Canna ‘Wyoming’.Even without flowers, you would surely grow Canna ‘ Phasion ‘for the foliage … purple with dramatic stripes of yellow and red, evenly spaced throughout the leaf.Atop the 7’ tall stems are wonderfully gaudy, shocking orange flowers throughout the summer … indeed, this is the Howard Stern of the plant world … guaranteed to get your friends talking! (Sun, Zone 7b-10, Ht 84 “)
Canna ‘Pink Sunburst’: The rave of the plant world is our 1996 introduction we named from Sunburst Flower Bulbs in South Africa. This dazzling canna is the hottest thing since summertime in Miami. Canna ‘Pink Sunburst’ is similar to Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ (yellow-and green-striped leaves), except the variegated leaves have a reddish-pink cast.The dwarf, increasing multiplying mound of foliage is topped all summer by large salmon- pink flowers.We have finally been able to get the virus cleaned from our stock, which has restored the original vigor. (Sun, Zone 7b-10, Ht 36 “)
Canna ‘Thai Rainbow’: For something truly unique, we are pleased to introduce Canna ‘Thai Rainbow’, which offers a unique leaf variegation pattern (reportedly radiation induced). Canna ‘Thai Rainbow’ forms a 6 ‘tall, rapidly multiplying clump of narrow leaves that are banded green and cream with a purple flush that is particularly evident on the leaf edges.The clumps are topped with small but bright red-orange flowers throughout the summer … looks and grows like a variegated form of Canna ‘Intrigue’. (Sun to Part Sun, Zone 7b-10 at least, Ht 72 “)
The Victorians loved Canna Lilies for their foliar impact. You can to with a Bengal Tiger Canna in your garden and catch the tiger by the tail today.