Canna coccinea is a small wild species; green foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; flowers are erect, self-coloured scarlet, staminodes are long and narrow, edges regular, petals red, fully self-cleaning, average bloomer; fertile both ways, self-pollinating and also true to type; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is prolific.
Our earliest reference to Canna coccinea is Johnson’s Dictionary 1856.
Synonyms: C. ‘Bonfire’, C. coccinéa, C. coccinea f. flaviflora Chodat & Hassl., C. indica var. coccinea (Mill.) Aiton