Native to southern Belize and other parts of Central America, this is a stunning plant and possibly the largest of the Canna species. Very ornamental, it has tropical-looking, very large leaves and reddish-pink flowers. Used as a landscape item it will make an imposing focal point and give any patio a taste of the tropics. Easy to grow from seed and, like most Cannas, if sown early and given generous treatment, it will probably flower the first year. Not cold hardy but can be grown in colder regions where the rhizomes should be dug up and stored over winter. Canna tuerckheimii is an erect, herbaceous, perennial plant producing clumps of stems up to 5 metres tall with large leaves up to 70cm long and 36cm wide. The stems arise from a large, tuber-like rhizome. With its large leaves sheathing a central stem, the plant has the appearance somewhat like a small banana plant. The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use. Requires a deep rich well-drained soil in a sunny position. The plant has large leaves and dislikes windy conditions since this can tear the leaves to shreds. Plants are fast-growing, and can produce a flowering shoot in their first year of growth from seed.