Canna ‘Louis Cottin’ is a small Premier Group cultivar; dark foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, branching habit; oval main stems, coloured green + purple; flowers are open, yellow-orange and apricot, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, petals purple with farina, fully self-cleaning, outstanding bloomer, blooms open in the early morning; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured pink; tillering is prolific.
Named for Louis Emile Cottin who was raised at Compiegne in a working class family, becoming a carpenter-cabinet maker. He starting reading Zola and became interested in libertarian ideas.
Cottin was a working class hero and idealist who attempted to assassinate the French president and later fought in the Durruti Column in the Spanish Civil War. Nicknamed Milou, he was born 14 March 1896 in Creil, France, died 8 September 1937 in Farlete, Spain.