Definition of canna in English:


(also canna lily)


  • A lily-like tropical American plant with bright flowers and ornamental strap-like leaves.

    • ‘Its recently retired director, Marco Polo Stufano, was an early champion of silver foliage and Victorian bedding plants, like cannas and coleus, which he used in surprising ways.’
    • ‘Don't allow stored dahlias and cannas to get too dry or they will be difficult to start into growth again in the spring.’
    • ‘Semi-tropical natives such as dahlias, gladioli, begonias, canna, caladium, elephant ears, oxalis and other tender summer-flowering bulbs will not make it through the winter outside of the warmest climate zones.’
    • ‘After frost kills their foliage, dig up callas, cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, tuberous begonias, and other tender bulbs, Dry off the bulbs and pack them in vermiculite or sterile potting soil.’
    • ‘For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.’


From modern Latin, from Latin canna cane, reed (see cane).