TROPICAL FLOWERS AND GARDEN PLANTS OF MALAYSIA *****In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
Chinese name: 美人蕉 (mei ren jiao - beautiful lady banana)
Malay name: Bunga Tasbih
Category: Perennial herb
Photo taken at: Rooftop Secret Garden of 1 Utama
The name "Canna" originates from the Celtic word for a cane or reed.(Source: Wikipedia)
How to grow
Light : Full sun
Soil : Rich, moist but well drained
Water : Regular
Prune : Remove dried flowers and cut off dead leaf stalks to ground level
Propagate : Division of young rhizomes with 1-2 growing buds.
Grow numerous plants on the ground e.g.in flower beds and borders. This will lead to continuous flowering of one after another.
Canna leaves look like banana leaves. The leaves are overlapping aerial shoots which arise from underground rhizomes. There are about 5-10 leaves on each aerial shoot. At the centre is the flowering shoot which bears a few large heads of flowers. Each flower head has about 3-30 flowers. The flowers lasts 1-3 days. The attractive and brightly coloured 'flowers' are enlarged stamens.