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ANIGOZANTHOS flavidus 'Bush Spark'

Image of Anigozanthos flavidus 'Bush Spark' PP15328

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Haemodoraceae

Botanical Name

ANIGOZANTHOS flavidus 'Bush Spark' PP15328

Plant Common Name

Bush Spark Kangaroo Paws, Kangaroo Paws

General Description

Showy and long-blooming, 'Bush Spark' is an evergreen perennial hybridized from parents native to extreme southwestern Australia. It grows as a low fountain of tapering leaves from which emerge tall branched stems topped with clusters of tube-shaped red flowers that open at their tips, revealing that the inside of the tube is chartreuse. Flowering begins in spring and can continue into fall, or year round in ideal conditions.

Like other selections in the Bush series, 'Bush Spark' should be planted in a moist but well-drained soil that is kept drier in summer and fall. Often a sandy soil that has a good organic base is ideal; avoid fertilizers, especially ones high in phosphorus. Full sun exposures are perfect, but a partially shaded locale is suitable. Avoid wetting foliage if possible. Kangaroo paw makes a fantastic cutflower for arrangements and is excellent dried. Use this kangaroo paw in a mixed border or as an accent plant that will bring a riot of flower interest when many other plants seem to be quiet. This cultivar's compact growth makes it an excellent choice for a massed, tall groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No