Main definitions of canna in English

: canna1canna2

canna1

(also canna lily)

noun

  • A lilylike, tropical American plant with bright flowers and ornamental straplike leaves.

    • ‘For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

canna

/ˈkanə//ˈkænə/

Main definitions of canna in English

: canna1canna2

canna2

(also cannae)

verb

  • ‘I canna help it’
    Scottish form of can't
    ‘if you love something, you cannae stop doing it’

Pronunciation

canna

/ˈkænə//ˈkanə/