Revisiting Canna ‘Porcelain Petals’

Canna ‘Porcelain Petals’

Mr Johnny K. Johnson of Kentucky, USA introduced four new varieties in 2003, the last ones he introduced before retiring from hybridising Cannas after suffering a heart condition. Amongst those introduced was Canna ‘Porcelain Petals’.

Mr Johnson stated that, “Flowers are cream to yellow with a pink to rose center. When fall arrives, the flowers even turn totally pink. Foliage is green. Very compact plant. Very pretty. Fertile both ways. 3′ tall.”

I have described it as a small Premier Group cultivar; green foliage, broadly oblong shaped, white margin, upright habit; round stems, coloured green; spikes of flowers are open, cream with a pale pink blush, throat pale pink, staminodes are large, edges irregular, petals purple, fully self-cleaning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules round; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white; tillering is average.

Proving to be a force as both a seed parent and pod parent, producing many interesting new seedlings.

Entered in the 2008 International Canna Trials.

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