Category Archives: Trinacria Variegata
Eye-catching variegated leaves, with large butter-yellow blooms, marked by this plants signature – a white stripe down the centre of each petal forming a white cross. Variegated leaves of green with pale yellow variegation parallel to the veins. There are several different strains with varying degree of variegation distinction, but the flower type and its size seems uniform between them all.
Nurserymen folk legend has it that in 1923 a consignement of Canna ‘Trinacria’ rhizomes was despatched to Siam, now Thailand, from a nursery in California. When it arrived at its destination and was grown out it was found to have variegated foliage. A sample was returned to the nursery with a demand for a refund or replacement as it was not what had been ordered.
This mutation was probably caused by the extreme conditions endured in transport from California to Thailand in the days before air travel. The cultivar was examined in the 1960’s by Dr. Khoshoo, who stated that this was not a chimeral mutation. The earliest reference is C. ‘Trinacria Variegata’ in Sydney Percy-Lancaster’s book, “An Amateur in an Indian Garden”, 1927.
Synonyms: C. ‘Bangkok’, C. ‘Bangkok Yellow’, C. ‘Bankocki’, C. ‘Bankok’, C. ‘Christ’s Light’, C. ‘King of Siam’, C. ‘Minerva’, C. ‘Nirvana’, C. ‘Striped Beauty (2)’, C. ‘Striped Beauty of Bangkok’, C. ‘Stripped Beauty’, C. ‘Variegated’, C. ‘Zebra Stripe’