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The craze of 1889


Garden and forest. / Volume 2, Issue 93. [December 4, 1889, 577-588]

Notes
One of the most interesting and valuable results of recent French horticultural effort is found in the new race of dwarf Cannas, with large and brilliantly colored flowers, produced by M. Crozy, of Lyons. A large bed of these plants in the the Trocadero, in Paris, was surrounded all summer by crowds of people. Too much has not been said of the beauty of these plants and of their value for decorative purposes, whether planted in the open ground or grown in pots or tubs. The colors of the flowers of some of the varieties are surprisingly brilliant.


There seems no good reason, however, calling the plants “dwarf,” except that they begin to flower when they are not more than twenty inches high, for they grow, especially in this country, when generously treated, to a height of six or eight feet. Seventeen of the new varieties exhibited at Paris for the first time, which, on the whole, are no better than those sent out by M. Crozy during the past two years, are described in a recent issue of the Revue Horticole. No one who has not seen a collection of M. Crozy’s Cannas in good condition, can form the faintest idea even of the beauty and the brilliancy of the flowers of the plants.

Canna ‘Admiral Courbet’


A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, spreading habit; round stems, coloured green; panicles of flowers are open, yellow with carmine spots, staminodes are medium size, edges irregular, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, low bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white; tillering is average. 

Introduced by A. Crozy, Lyon, France in 1888, and the winner of a Royal Horticultural Society First Class Certificate in the same year. Named for Amédée Courbet (1828–1885), who was a French Admiral, three ships of the French Navy have been named in his honour, including the stealth frigate Courbet, presently commissioned. 

The craze of 1889


Garden and forest. / Volume 2, Issue 93. [December 4, 1889, 577-588]

Notes
One of the most interesting and valuable results of recent French horticultural effort is found in the new race of dwarf Cannas, with large and brilliantly colored flowers, produced by M. Crozy, of Lyons. A large bed of these plants in the the Trocadero, in Paris, was surrounded all summer by crowds of people. Too much has not been said of the beauty of these plants and of their value for decorative purposes, whether planted in the open ground or grown in pots or tubs. The colors of the flowers of some of the varieties are surprisingly brilliant.



There seems no good reason, however, calling the plants “dwarf,” except that they begin to flower when they are not more than twenty inches high, for they grow, especially in this country, when generously treated, to a height of six or eight feet. Seventeen of the new varieties exhibited at Paris for the first time, which, on the whole, are no better than those sent out by M. Crozy during the past two years, are described in a recent issue of the Revue Horticole. No one who has not seen a collection of M. Crozy’s Cannas in good condition, can form the faintest idea even of the beauty and the brilliancy of the flowers of the plants.