canna Cleopatra..Multi color beauty
canna Cleopatra is a multi colored flowering lily.it has few striking qualities which make it different,one is its dark brown colored half portion in leaves and second is speckled red color in flowers.pattern in leaves and flowers are not always consistent,few time flowers show very less speckles and other times whole flower becomes speckled.same is with leaves which some time become simple green,at times a thin dark brown …Cleopatra is indeed a gem in canna flowers. it is a vigorous grower,makes large clumps.plant size becomes almost 5 feet in good growing conditions,it likes to remain its roots wet so ample watering is necessary.this plant was on my wish list for long time and at last i got it as a gift from a gardener friend imran khurram who sent me canna Cleopatra and canna president as gifts previous year.both are very beautiful lilies and when on bloom reminds me generosity of gardening friend imran khurram sb. for continuous blooms plant it in a sunny location.it can bear full sun in my experience it feels happy in full sun.it starts blooming in april and continue to bloom in flushes till autumn. blooms appear only on fresh stems so it is advised to remove old dried stems to continue fresh blooming.it grows very tall so a back side line of bed is recommended for plantation. a sun facing spot near a wall is best for cannas. its showy flowers and beautiful leaves give a tropical touch to the garden.now a days this beautiful plant is neglected in landscape settings…it comes in different shapes and colors so is very suitable for landscaping.propagation is very easy simply divide the rhizomes and plant on new location.best time for dividing rhizomes is February here in Pakistan.although during growing season they can be divided at any time.dwarf hybrid F1 seeds are also available in different colors.seed grown plant blooms in first year.