Cane of the Indies (Canna indica)

Flowers of the Cane of the Indies

The cane of the Indies is a beautiful plant that can be had both in pot and in the garden, in full sun or in semi-shade. In addition, there are several varieties: more or less clear green leaf, reddish-brown in color; with yellow, orange, red or bicolor flowers ...

Having a very special corner will not be difficult for you with it. And less after reading our article in which we will tell you what its characteristics are and how you should take care of it so that it is beautiful 🙂.

Origin and characteristics

Canna indica plant

The cane of the Indies, whose scientific name is canna indica, is a perennial rhizomatous plant native to Central America. It is popularly known by many names, such as platanillo de Cuba, caña india, caña coro, achira, dragon tongue, and of course caña de las Indias.

It develops large, oblong leaves, between 0,8 and 3 meters high. The flowers are grouped in reddish, orange, yellow or pink inflorescences, and they bloom from summer to mid-autumn.

As a curiosity, you should know that archaeologists have found fossilized remains in Peru of specimens that were cultivated 4500 years ago.

What are their cares?

Canna indica flowers

If you want to get a copy, we recommend providing the following care:

  • Location: outdoors, in full sun or in semi-shade. It is important that if you opt for this last option, you place it in an area where it receives more light than shade.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: it is indifferent as long as it has good drainage.
  • Irrigation: 3-4 times a week in summer, and every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from spring to after flowering with an organic fertilizer such as guano.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in autumn. If it is potted, transplant every 2 years.
  • Multiplication: by division of rhizomes and seeds in spring.
  • Rusticity: supports up to -3ºC.

What did you think of the cane of the Indies? You have someone? 🙂

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  1.   Rosa Rocha Camarillo said

    Hello Monica ... a question I would like to plant a tree (that of shade and does not have much root) for the front of my house ... yes, one of those where they put on the sidewalk a 30 cm x 2 mts land bordered with cement ... the space is small, in addition to the fact that the services are also found in this part (in front of the house), I think the most suitable is the oak tree. What do you think?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello rosa.
      I do not recommend oak. It is a very large tree that needs a lot of space to be able to develop properly.
      If you want a nice one, that gives shade and that can be well there, you can put a Syringa vulgaris, which gives very decorative flowers in spring and also resists frost.
      Other options:
      -Prunus (any, be it ornamental or fruit)
      -Albizia julibrissin
      -Cercis siliquastrum
      -Callistemon viminalis

      A greeting.