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Canna, South Pacific Scarlet

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Stunning red-orange plumes with feathery spikes: a continuous show of sensuous color.

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One gorgeous breakthrough: the first-ever, high-quality canna you can grow from seed. Sun-loving tropical beauty infuses the border with large, ravishing red-orange-scarlet blooms and alluring deep-green, paddle-shaped foliage. AAS winner blooms and reblooms from early summer well into fall. Each 18-36” tall plant flourishes a half-dozen flowering stems, crowned with 4” gladiolus-type blooms. Compact, vigorous, uniform, well-branched plants prefer heat (best over 77 degrees). Foliage continues to charm when not flowering. Excellent candidate for the sun-splashed border, containers, and the edge of water gardens. Tolerates heat, rain, damp soil and will even endure a bit of frost. Full sun
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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Full Sun
18-36 inches
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Canna, South Pacific Scarlet is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's working! They're sprouting! I am not a fan of growing plants from seed. I'd rather have bulbs but cannas seem to be sold out everywhere. So seeds it is. Cannas have a hard shell on the outside and you have to scar it and soak them for a few days or a week before they'll sprout. There are no instructions whatsoever on the Burpee seed packet. If you Google "growing cannas from seed" you'll find all kinds of sites and video instructions. Only one or two demonstrate the scarification process. I had to use a Dremel to sand down a good scar on my seeds. I couldn't simply hand sand a spot, they're really tough. After 3 or 4 days they started sprouting though. If I can update this review later I will but so far so good.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact plant, Large Blossoms. I started the seeds indoors under fluorescent lights before setting them in a sunny location in the Spring. The seed had excellent germination, and the plants grew relatively quickly. I got blooms early in the first season, probably about 4 months after transplant. Well drained soil and sun speeds of growth dramatically. The plants a had in my clay soil grew slowly, and bloomed in early Fall. This plant is shorter and has much larger blossoms than the compact Tropical series of Cannas. The only drawback to the plant is that the old blossoms need to be removed in some sort of way, otherwise the plant looks messy. The small blossoms in the Tropical series make these dying blossoms less obvious.
Date published: 2015-11-21
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