Canna seed pods

This is the first year that I've grown cannas, having received a couple of divisions of the hybrid 'Tropicana' in a plant trade earlier this year.


Both plants are still alive and although I've been having trouble keeping them looking good during our recent heat wave and dry spell, one plant has produced seed pods -- which I wasn't expecting.

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Besides being a complete surprise, I found them to be quite interesting and beautiful. They're similar to the castor bean seed pods that I'm familiar with, but softer looking. More gentle. A bit like a Koosh ball.






Although the plant's leaves have faded a bit, they're still quite attractive, especially when backlit:


I debated cutting the seedpods from the plant, to allow it to focus its energy on producing more offsets.

I decided to leave the pods though, and will harvest the seeds once they are dry. I really enjoy growing plants from seed, and am excited to try a new one. It's quite possible that 'Tropicana' produces non-viable seeds though, so I'll do a little more research.


Even if the seeds won't grow, I'm glad I got to see these pods.

I love discoveries like this: beautiful and productive.

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HolleyGarden  – (July 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM)  

Those seeds are really pretty! I'm going to have to go check my cannas now! I'll be interested in hearing how your seeds do.

Gerhard Bock  – (July 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM)  

Excellent photos, Alan! The Tropicanna leaves do fade after a bit but it seems like there are always new ones to replace the less attractive older ones. Not sure that the seeds are viable, considering it's a patented hybrid.

Christine @ the Gardening Blog  – (August 1, 2011 at 10:24 AM)  

Wonderful photos - the seed pods are quite lovely. Will be interesting to see if they produce.

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