Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Canna glauca L.

Half-hardy, slender, rhizomatous perennial with narrow blue-green leaves and panicles of pale yellow to dark yellow flowers, sometimes spotted or tinged with red, in summer and autumn.  To 2.2m.  [RHSE, Hortus]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘[Canna glauca rubro-lutea] may be reckoned amongst the handsomest of the Genus, especially if the foliage be considered as well as the flower, the leaves being remarkably elongated, and of a delicate glaucous hue, while the large blossoms are varied with red or yellow.’  [BM t.3437/1835].  The variety rufa is figured at BM t.2302/1822.  Canna glauca was introduced to Britain in 1730 and the variety rubro-lutea in 1834.  [JD]. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.60/1843]. 


Canna glauca Walter (1788) = Canna flaccida Salisb. 

Published Jan 18, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 01:37 PM

The image shows a lance-shaped leaf and pale yellow flowers tinged with red in bud.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3437, 1835.

Canna glauca L. | BM t.3437/1835. The variety rubro-lutea is figured | BHL

Family Cannaceae
Region of origin

Caribbean and South America

Common Name

Glaucous Indian shot

Name in the Camden Park Record

Canna glauca 

Confidence level high