Indian Shot Plant – Canna indica

Indian Shot Plant is a common garden plant mostly with red or yellow flowers. The species has several sub-species with slight variations. In many places in the tropics, its rhizomes are used as food also.

Since this plant looks like a miniature of the banana tree, it is called Vazhachedi in Malayalam.

Canna Indica - Indian Shot Plant
Indian Shot Plant / Canna indica

Its botanical name is Canna indica. There are many cultivars or hybrids developed from it. I think this one is a cultivar as its flowers are bigger than usual.

Important Facts

Plant Type: Perennial flowering plant
Family: Cannaceae
Scientific name: Canna indica

Common name: Indian Shot
Malayalam: Vazhachedi

Distribution: Tropical regions, indigenous to Americas

Main uses: Ornamental plant, for food

Leaves of Canna Indica
The leaves with pointed tips


Looking very much like a banana tree or heliconia, Indian Shot is on average 1 to 2 meters tall. Its stem is not woody which grows from rhizomes.

Similar to banana, its leaves are also big, usually 1 meter long and 20 to 30 cm broad with pointed tips. The flowers have vivid colors. It shines like a red-hot iron under bright sunlight.

Distribution & Habitat

Although the name is Indian Shot or C.indica, its origin is not in India. The plant is indigenous to the tropics of Central and South America, the islands of West Indies and parts of the U.S.A. Now it is introduced to other parts of the world as well.

Often found by the side of ponds or water bodies, C.indica requires warm climate & wet soil. It prefers places with ample rainfall.

Additional Photos

These are some pictures of the plant from Kerala
The colorful flowers do not have a well-defined appearance. The petals have an organic shape.
Indian Shot Flower (Canna indica)
Indian Shot Flower (Canna indica)

The bud…

Indian Shot Flower (Canna indica)

The flower is more attractive during rainy days with the water droplets on its blood red colored petals, and the red color gets another shade after rain.
Indian Shot Flower (Canna indica)

Indian Shot Flower (Canna indica)

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22 thoughts on “Indian Shot Plant – Canna indica

  1. What a fantastic shots of the Canna. We can only grow them in containers overhere and have to bring it inside during the winter.
    Have a great weekend Abhinav

  2. That is such a gorgeous flower! I have some in my yard – they haven't bloomed yet because they are in a shady spot – I am anxious to see them blooming now! Your photos are especially lovely – the one with the water beads is exquisite!

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