Cannas are tropical plants native to Central America, South America and the West Indies. They grow in damp and marshy places. Their stems, made up of large oval leaves, resemble those of the banana tree and grow from a rhizome.

In our temperate climate, the largest can reach 2 m (6 ft) in height and sometimes more, while the smallest will stand 50 to 76 cm (20 to 30 in).

Cannas should be planted in full sun. A significant addition of organic matter to the plantation, such as compost, is necessary to obtain good performance. The soil should never be allowed to dry out between waterings.