Canna is a showy, emersed native plant which typically grows to four feet tall. Golden canna is frequently found in small stands at the edges of marshes, swamps, ponds and lakes from the peninsula west to the central panhandle of Florida. It has been hybridized and may also be found in household gardens. There are two species of Canna in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Golden canna occurs in AL, FL, GA, LA, MI, SC, and TX (Kartesz, 1999).
Golden canna flowers are showy yellow. (Hybrid canna has flowers tinged with orange and red.) The three-inch-long flowers grow in clusters at the tops of long stalks. Golden canna leaves attach in a spiral along the stem. The leaf shape is oblong to elliptic, with tapering bases and pointed tips. Leaves may be six inches wide and two feet long. The fruit is a large three-part capsule that is rough to the touch.
View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.