Certain plants just look more tropical than others. One of those REALLY tropical looking plants is the canna. Cannas are common all over the South and everyone has them. They are almost too easy to grow and you commonly see huge stands of thickly growing, stunted ones that do not look good at all because they have been devastated by leaf roller caterpillars. This is certainly not the look that I wanted. However, there was one canna that really captured my interest and I had to have one - the Bengal Tiger canna.
This is my little Bengal Tiger canna as it first began to come out this year. Can you guess why it got the name Bengal Tiger? It's because of the striped leaves, of course.
Here's another picture as it came out even more. Notice the yellow stripes on the leaves and you can also see the red outline on the outer edge of the leaves.
Here's a full bush shot of the plant as it is about to bloom. These plants have a beautiful form when at their best. They will keep looking good as long as they are kept from getting too thick and you keep canna leaf rollers off of them. You may have to use pesticide to keep those evil insects away.