Alien Invasives

Indian Shot (Canna indica)


07 October 2016

Indian Shot (Canna indica)

Cannas are leafy perennials with an upright habit growing 1 to 2 metres tall. The large green or purple-bronze leaves sheath the stem. Narrow flowers are red or orange, usually yellow below and the plant produces green, spiny fruits which enclose the black shot-like seeds.

Other names
Garden Canna, Wild Canna (English)
Tuinkanna, Indiese Kanna (Afrikaans)
udumbedumbe (isiZulu)
Invasive status
NEMBA Category 1b
CARA 2002 Category 1

Indian Shot
Originally from
Caribbean region and tropical America
Where is it a problem?
Scattered localities in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces
How does it spread?
By seeds and underground rhizome
Why is it a problem?
Canna indica forms dense spreading clumps and competes with and replaces indigenous species especially near water sources.
Ornamental and the seeds are also used as beads in jewellery

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