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Canna Leaf Rollers

Canna leaf rollers are quickly becoming frustrating pests for gardeners throughout Florida. These hungry caterpillars feed on the leaves of cannas, especially those with red leaves or orange or red flowers.

There are two types and they differ in size and color. Lesser canna leaf rollers are tiny and yellow, while larger canna leaf rollers are green and can reach two to three inches long.

Check your cannas often for pests or signs of damage, including tattered leaves or rolled leaf edges. It's best to hand-pick leaf rollers and destroy them, since they can be difficult to target with insecticides.

After the plants turn brown in winter, cut down and destroy all above-ground parts of affected plants to help prevent future infestations of canna leaf rollers.

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