canna

noun
can·na | \ ˈka-nə \

Definition of canna 

: any of a genus (Canna of the family Cannaceae) of tropical herbs with simple stems, large leaves, and a terminal raceme of irregular flowers

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Gardeners needing summer color should check out the cannas available at local garden centers. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cannas take to the summer sun," 5 July 2018 Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, bulbine, caladium, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, spiderwort, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 In a 2017 report, McVey found that only about 26% of canna-businesses are owned or founded by women. Judith Ohikuare, refinery29.com, "Can Black Women Do Good & Get Rich In Big Cannabis?," 22 June 2018 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Plant summer-blooming bulbs: Now is a good time to plant crocosmia, gingers, lilies, canna, pineapple lily (Eucomis), elephant ears, crinum, agapanthus and others. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: stake tomato plants and add sod," 29 Apr. 2018 For more information, check out our video above, or check out the Cannabis Cooking Channel for additional tips on making canna-butter and recipes for using it. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Happy 4/20! Celebrate with homemade canna-butter," 20 Apr. 2018 The best of this batch would certainly include ornamental bananas, cannas, ornamental grasses such as purple fountaingrass, snapdragons (cool months), Gold Star esperanza, tropical hibiscus, copper plants, cordylines, yuccas and colocasias. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Add more punch to planters with these tips on thrillers, fillers, spillers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of canna

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canna

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, reed — more at cane

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