New to Canna - Do some of mine have the virus?

rspauldi2June 11, 2009

We put in a pool last fall and decided to have a tropical landscape around the pool. Canna fit that bill perfectly and I purchased quite a few of them and from different places. I didn't know anything about the canna virus at the time. Now I know about it, but not that much. I think all of mine are okay with the exception of the Cleopatra. Below are pics. What do you think??

The Tropicanna I purchased at a big box store. They look okay to me. Here is a pic of the flower...

Tropicanna leaf....

Pink Sunburst I purchased at Brian's Botanicals in Louisville. Look okay to me. Here is a pic of the leaf (no flowers yet)...

Australia, also purchased at Brian's. Look okay to me.

Intrigue, also purchased at Brian's. Look okay to me.

Now the Cleopatra. I purchased these rhizomes (8 of them) off ebay. They are just now coming out of the ground and these are the first leaves. I have searched the web to find pics of the foliage for this variety but all I can find are pics of the flowers. I don't know if the light green in the leaf is normal or not. The spotting in the leaf has me worried. What do you think?

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yes the pics of the cleopatra leave does look unhealthy, it could be virus! You should keep it away from the others.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 6:38AM
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Not that you asked, but, your cannas would grow better without that mulch because it keeps the soil cool. Better yet, use black plastic sheeting to warm the soil.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 12:33PM
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Your Cleopatra looks like virus for sure, the others look fine.
I have attached a link of a healthy pic for you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Canna Cleopatra

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 12:21PM
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panspipes(zone 9)

So it's now 3 years later. What happened? Did the virus spread to the other cannas?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:39AM
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