Tropicanna® Gold

Tropicanna® Gold is a glorious surprise, with its bold striping of green and gold throughout each leaf, beautifully topped off in summer with distinct bright yellow-edged soft orange flowers. When planted out with the original Tropicanna® and Tropicanna® Black, the effect is astonishing.


Key Features

  • Brings a tropical touch to the garden
  • Brilliant orange flowers splashed with warm yellow edging and accents
  • Ideal for gardens, landscapes and water gardens
  • Can be planted in full sun or part shade
  • Distinctive gold and green striped leaves


Suggested Uses

Commercial landscapes in USDA zones 7 through 11 (no lifting required). It is ideal for planting in garden beds, borders and container plantings. Great for water gardens, ponds and bogs.


Growth Habit

Dense clump-forming plant with horizontal subterranean rhizomes. Upright growth habit. Full mature height achieved in one season.


Growth Pattern

Annual rhizome development

In garden beds: grows to 4-feet tall in the first year, grows up to 6-feet tall in subsequent years in zones 7 and above if not lifted after growing season. In containers: will grow up to 4-feet tall, can be cut back any time to force new growth. Plant in large pot, 15- to 18-inches in diameter or larger.


Flower Size

Medium to large canna flower.


Mature Height

4 – 6 ft.



Plant 18-inches apart in garden beds. Can be planted closer together in containers. Containers should be a minimum of 15- to 18-inches diameter to promote optimal plant growth/size.



Cannas are tropical plants and are sensitive to extended exposure to frost. Mild winters (USDA zones 7 through 11): As soon as the leaves begin to die back, cut off foliage to soil level, and leave in-ground or in large containers over the winter. In spring, growth will start up as warmer temperatures arrive. Severe winters (USDA zones 3 through 6): As soon as the leaves begin to die back, cut off foliage to about 4 inches, dig up the rhizomes, let them dry for a few days in a protected area. Store the rhizomes in a cool dry place for the winter. Divide the rhizome shoots and replant in spring. Start indoors to get an early jump on the season, but do not put outside until all danger of frost is past. May also be treated as an annual.


Flowering Period

Flowers all season long. Duration is typically 2 to 4 months. Many flowers are produced during the season.


Number Of Flowers

Four to eight flowers per stalk; stalks grow and mature to flower throughout growing season.


Flower Color

Orange flowers splashed with warm yellow edging and accents.



Not fragrant.



Grown primarily for its foliage color, each exotic leaf of Tropicanna® Gold provides an enticing combination of green and gold stripes. A temperature greater than 60ºF is required for best leaf color. Leaves are a dark grey-green to light yellow-green with alternating interveinal yellow-green stripes, which fade to creamy yellow as the plant matures. Interveinal stripes begin at the midrib of the blade and extend upwardly and outwardly towards the outer edges or tips of the leaves, with the shape and color of the stripes being irregular. Makes brilliant cut foliage.



Not necessary. Spent flower blooms drop naturally. Dig and divide to maintain size and shape.



Tropicanna® Gold is a tropical plant and should be protected from frost. Plants will over winter in the ground and withstand light frosts; however, potted plants will need to be protected or over wintered in a greenhouse. Tropicanna® Gold will start to grow when temperatures exceed 50ºF in Spring, but leaves won’t attain full color until temperatures regularly exceed 60ºF.


Light Needs

Will perform best when planted in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. May be grown indoors near a window with bright natural light for extended periods, however, growth may be more elongated.


Soil Needs

Tropicanna® Gold will tolerate a range of soils but will perform best in a deep fertile soil. It will tolerate poorly drained areas.


Water Needs

With masses of broad fleshy leaves, Tropicanna® Gold requires frequent watering to perform at its best.



In spring, use a slow-release flowering plant formula high in potassium to encourage flowering. Too much nitrogen can yield a plant that is excessively tall and elongated.


Disease Tolerance

Cannas are not prone to disease in the landscape.


Pest Issues

No major pests. Caterpillars can damage leaves.


Special Care

Avoid windy locations as the large soft leaves can be damaged. Outdoors: Easy care plant. Better performance will be attained if plants are watered and fed regularly, but once established, Tropicanna® Gold flowers readily with minimal care. In Containers: If a potted plant should dry out excessively, leaves may fade. If this should happen, cut back lackluster leaves or even the entire stem to the soil line. Water regularly. Plant will respond by sending up new shoots.



Sport of Canna hybrid var. ‘Phasion’ (Canna Tropicanna®)


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