Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ is a medium sized Italian Group cultivar; variegated green and yellow foliage, elliptical shaped, maroon margin, spreading habit; oval main stems, coloured green; flowers are open, orange and red-orange, staminodes are large, edges ruffled, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; seed is sterile, pollen is low fertile; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white; tillering is good.
The origin is the radiation experiments carried out at Lucknow in India, and grown at the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of India, Bengal. It was later taken to South Africa, by Sydney Percy-Lancaster, the Secretary of the Society, when he retired there, hence the synonym of ‘Pretoria’ when it was ‘found’ growing there in the late 1960’s. It was also imported to the USA from India in 1963 by Glasshouse Works.
The name Canna ‘Striata’ adopted by the RHS is invalid, as that name already belongs to a cultivar described in Subtropical Gardening – Robinson 1868, and which is still grown in Europe.