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ANIGOZANTHOS flavidus

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Maureen Gilmer

Family

Haemodoraceae

Botanical Name

ANIGOZANTHOS flavidus

Plant Common Name

Kangaroo Paws

General Description

The tall kangaroo paw is an evergreen clump-forming perennial native to the far southwestern region of Western Australia. In late spring and summer clumps of strap-like green foliage give rise to tall, leafless, broadly branched stems topped with clusters of unusual flowers. These tubular blooms are slightly fuzzy and range in color from yellow-green to maroon and brown. Some cultivars even have orange or pink blooms.

Kangaroo paw should be planted in full to partial sun and evenly moist soil with good drainage; a sandy soil with a good organic base is ideal. This species may grow in seasonally wet soils (winter), even very shallow water, but is best kept drier in summer and fall. Avoid fertilizers, especially ones high in phosphorus.

The flowers of kangaroo paw make fantastic cutflowers for arrangements, fresh or dried. Enjoy this tropical perennial in any bold sunny mixed border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m

  • Width

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Pink, Orange Red, Brown

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • 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, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No