Canna 'Red Stripe'
Canna 'Red Stripe'
Canna 'Red Stripe'

Canna 'Red Stripe'

"Indian shot"

Canna 'Red Stripe'

1 bulb — £9.90

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For a touch of the exotic, you can never go wrong with a Canna, or Indian shot plant. And, quite simply, Canna 'Red Stripe' is one of the best. It is stately and dramatic, yet intriguing, and deserving of a much closer look. This is a broad-leafed deciduous perennial, grown from rhizomes. Its foliage is variegated purple-red, with a contrasting green pattern between the veins. Individually, leaves may be 60cm long. Then, from mid-summer until the first frosts of autumn, Canna 'Red Stripe' produces sumptuous, brilliant red flowers, held well above the stout stems. A mature plant can reach 240cm in height.  

In Britain, cannas are deciduous perennials, which means that they die back to ground level in the autumn. As they are native to Central and South America, they are only half-hardy here so, unless you have a very sunny, sheltered garden in the south of the country, they will require some winter protection. However, do not let this put you off, as few plants offer as much summer flamboyance as Canna indica 'Red Stripe', and its mere presence will give a glossy texture and an air of sophistication to the garden.

Gracy tells: Look at the leaves!
"Canna leaves are bold and famous for their tropical look. Most Canna cultivars have rich emerald-green leaves, but some (like this Canna 'Red Stripe') have distinctive variegated leaves!"

The seeds of Canna indica are small, globular, black pellets, hard enough to sink in water. They resemble shotgun pellets, hence the plant's common name of Indian shot.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Needs winter protection

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Canna indica 'Red Stripe'

  • Flower colour


  • Rhizome size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    9 rhizomes per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Variegated, bronze, purple, green

  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness


  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Gravel gardens
    Exotic gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Canna 'Red Stripe' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Indian shot" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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