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Comment by Trinette on April 19, 2010 at 16:14
thanks Florence, yes the flowers look the same. Thats what it must be. I think ill pull them out if they are only ornamental...... they seem to be multiplying pretty quickly and spreading out.
Comment by Florence on April 10, 2010 at 12:15
Yes, I have quite a few in my backyard, and they are very lush this year but didn't flower, so I think someone at the garden visit mistaken them as banana plants :)

Here's the discussion Scarlett mentioned, I've put the full shot from the attachment to the content so it's easier to see ~ http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/forum/topics/plant-id

I've never tried eating them, but my chooks loves them and clean out all the leaves they can reach in their coop :)
Comment by Trinette on April 4, 2010 at 18:50
cool - thanks Scarlett, i'd be tempted to try it just for fun, maybe, one day...
Comment by Scarlett on April 4, 2010 at 10:23
"Canna edulis" = arrowroot
Comment by Scarlett on April 4, 2010 at 10:22
OK - i just checked out wikipedia:

Agricultural Cannas

Canna (Agriculture Group) 'Edulis Dark'The Canna Agriculture Group contains all of the varieties of Canna grown in agriculture. Canna achira is a generic term used in South America to describe the cannas that have been selectively bred for agricultural purposes, normally derived from C. discolor. It is grown especially for its edible rootstock from which starch is obtained, but the leaves and young seed are also edible, and achira was once a staple foodcrop in Peru and Ecuador.[4]

Many more traditional varieties exist worldwide, they have all involved human selection and so are classified as agricultural cultivars. Traditionally, Canna 'edulis' has been reputed to be the variety grown for food in South America, but there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the name. It is probable that edulis is simply a synonym of C. discolor, which is also grown for agricultural purposes throughout Asia.[25][26][27][28][29]
Comment by Scarlett on April 4, 2010 at 10:22
I reckon it sure looks like a canna. Florence had photos of hers up a good while back. They're pretty, make a good windbreak or weedbarrier (eg to grass), and a good chop and drop mulch. Some animals like the leaves - eg pigs, and some chickens. They have an underground corm and will come back even if hacked to the ground. The ancestral canna is also known as arrowroot and has edible starch in the corm and stem - if you get really hungry you can pound it out and make starch cakes! Not sure if garden varieties also edible though..Probably not, someone would have said so
Comment by Trinette on April 4, 2010 at 10:10
Can anyone confirm what this is? I have been told it's Canna Lilly? Just popped up after 6 months. Dont know if I should keep it or dug it up or pot it up or what?

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