Canna ‘Annei’ is a tall aquatic Foliage Group cultivar, equally at home as a water marginal or in the border; glaucous green foliage, oval-acuminate shaped, upright habit; round main stems, coloured green; flowers are erect, self-coloured salmon, staminodes are medium size, edges regular, petals red, fully self-cleaning, late bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are long and thin, coloured white and pink; tillering is prolific.
Introduced by Théodore Année in 1848, and is the first Canna cultivar, being a cross between the two species plants Canna indica and Canna glauca. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Societies ‘Award of Garden Merit’ (AGM) at the 2002 Wisley outdoor trials, 154 years later.
It is a very tall foliage plant, growing up to 300cm (9’9″), and topped by interesting small flowers that start in August and continue through to the first frosts. There are few plants with more architectural significance than a well-grown specimen of Canna Annei in a prominent position.
Synonym: Canna glauca var. annaei Petersen