Canna Lily
a Butterfly Host Plant

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CANNA LILY Canna sp.
Brazilian Skipper Calpodes ethlius Host or Larval Food Plant

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Brazilian Skippers lay thier eggs on the leaf, the caterpillar / larva hatches and folds the leaf to make a small 'nest'.
As the caterpillar grows, it creates larger and larger nests. The Canna Lily is also used as a nectar source for various butterflies.
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterfly drinking nectar from a red canna (Canna sp.) bloom

Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae butterfly drinking nectar
from a red canna Canna sp. bloom.
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterfly drinking nectar from a red canna (Canna sp.) bloom

Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae butterfly drinking nectar
from a red canna Canna sp. bloom.

Botanical Name: Canna sp.

Common Names: Canna Lily

Plant type: Bulb/rhizome

s Zone: 7 - 11

Light: Sun

Size: Grows to 5 feet

Water: Moist soil

Soil: Well drained soil

Propagation: Dividing rhizomes

Bloom: Yellow, red, orange, pink, and more.

Note: Used as a nectar source for several butterfly species

Note: Host plant for Brazilian Skipper Calpodes ethlius.