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Canna indica is a perennial growing to 2m, producing many large, bright red flowers. It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender.

The seeds are black pellets, hard and dense enough to sink in water. They resemble shotgun pellets giving rise to the plant's common name of Indian shot. The seeds are hard enough to shoot through wood and still survive and later germinate. According to the BBC "The story goes that during the Indian Mutiny of the 19th century, soldiers used the seeds of a Canna indica when they ran out of bullets."

The seeds are widely used for jewellery. The seeds are also used as the mobile elements of the kayamb, a musical instrument from Réunion, as well as the hosho, a gourd rattle from Zimbabwe, where the seeds are known as "hota" seeds.

Canna indica is native to much of South America, Central America, the West Indies, Mexico, and the southeastern United States (Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina). It is also naturalized in much of Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

Cannas are available in many colors. These seeds are for the loved, deep-red Canna. The leaves can be red or green.

Type: Perennial, frost tender

Height: Up to 2 meters, approximately 6 feet

Location: Sun or part sun

Hardiness zones: 10-11, elsewhere dig and store tubers for the winter

Bloom time: All season

Seeds per pack: 5 Large seeds

Germination: The hard seed coating must be chipped or sanded to initiate germination. This can be done using a nail clipper, clipping a very small section, until a small amount of white begins to show. Careful, the seeds like to slip away, and clipping can take some patience. Then, place the seeds in water for 48 hours. Plant just in a container, just below the soil level. As the plant grows, and plant outside when the weather permits, after the change of frost and cold weather are far gone. Over the summer the plants will form a tuber. If you live in a cold region, the tuber can be dug up and stored in a cool place for the winter.

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