Canna lily, although not a true lily)Botanical Name: Cannacea
Planting Time: Spring after all danger of frost has passed. Height: 2 to 3 feet tall Exposure: Full sun Soil: any Hardiness: Frost free areas. When used in cooler areas they must be lifted in the fall. Bloom Time: Late spring Uses: beds, borders, containers, accents
Fertilize ONLY when the plants are actively growing, and keep the withered blooms picked off. Cannas are native to tropical and subtropical areas and can't tolerate freezing temperatures. In zones colder than 7 they should be lifted and stored in a frost free area for the winter. If overwintered in the ground, lift and divide every three to four years. Leave 3 to 4 eyes on each division for strong, sturdy plants. Cannas grow best in full sun with moderate water in well-drained rich or sandy soil. Cannas grow from perennial rhizomes but are frequently grown as annuals in temperate zones for an exotic or tropical look in the garden. In arid regions, cannas are often grown in the water garden, with the lower inch of pot submerged. In all areas, high winds tear the leaves so shelter is advised.
The rhizomes are frost tender and will rot if left unprotected in freezing conditions. In areas which go below about −10 °C (14.0 °F) in the winter (< USDA Zone 8), the rhizomes can be dug up before freezing and stored in a protected area (above 7 °C / 45 °F) for replanting in the spring. Otherwise, it is recommended that Cannas are protected by a thick layer of mulch overwinter
ABOVE: The sun was deadly bright this am, driving east into my workplace. The glorious fall morning is cool and comfortable. Noticing the knotted, brown, tangled, twisted turned in-out-down-and-all-around in the ground... But yet the sun is bursting through as this OESC tree takes on its fading fall beauty. I've yet to know the name of this tree (very similar to my front yard tree)