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ANIGOZANTHOS manglesii

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Family

Haemodoraceae

Botanical Name

ANIGOZANTHOS manglesii

Plant Common Name

Mangles' Kangaroo Paw, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

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General Description

This dainty strap-leaf perennial from the Australian bush offers a truly exotic flower for small gardens. The red and green kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia where it grows on the floor of eucalyptus forests. Demanding extremely well-drained, moist sandy soils, it may be grown at slightly elevated locations with heavier soils. Do not group it with desert plants as it cannot withstand extreme low desert heat.

The long, grayish green, iris-like leaves produce clumps that spread via rhizomes into larger colonies. Each plant blooms in spring with knee high stems of dark green flowers featuring striking bright red bases. Their unique shape and fuzzy covering makes them a focal point to be appreciated close up as they resemble the long foot and claws of a Technicolor kangaroo! Red and green kangaroo paw makes a fabulous potted accent on porch, deck or table top that can be removed after blooming to care for elsewhere. To promote a second flowering in later summer or fall, cut down the old spring flower stems.

The red and green kangaroo paw can be the most sensitive of the lot if growing conditions are not perfect. Avoid fertilizers high in phosphorus. Though they are known to die down for the fall and sprout again in winter, this species may die out altogether after a season or two. It is a rewarding massed groundcover or mixed border accent in Mediterranean climates. High humidity and over-abundance of rainfall in summer quickly lead to plant rot and death.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Width

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Green

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No