Canna flaccida

golden canna, Bandana-of-the-Everglades


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-6 ft    Width: to 4 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Grow as stands of flowers in moist areas.
Propagation: Seed or clumps can be divided (rhizomes). Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: adaptable


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
The golden canna provides a great deal of protection to fish, amphibians, insects, and other aquatic life. It shades and cools water also, and minimizes heating that can kill fish and lower the dissolved oxygen in smaller ponds. The foliage allows the larvae of dragonflies to have a save place to climb from ponds and metamorphose into adults. The foliage is host to the larvae of the Brazilian skipper butterfly (Calpodes ethlius), while nectariferous insects feed on the pollen and nectar of Golden Canna’s flowers. (Kevin Tarner, Georgia Wildlife Federation)
Native Habitats: Wet sites. Swamps, pond and lake margins, ditches, savannas, hydric pine flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: