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Plant this Australian Perennial to Give Your Garden Structure and Color

Anigozanthos are evergreen perennials from Australia. They are the floral emblem of Western Australia. These plants are commonly known as ‘Kangaroo Paw,’ as they have fuzzy flowers that curve over slightly in the shape of a paw. They belong to the family Haemodoraceae, otherwise known as the Bloodroot family, which refers to the deep red colored pigment found in the roots.

The leaves of the kangaroo paw are long and thin in shape and usually dark green in color. They’re arranged in a fan shape emerging from a basal clump – similar to iris leaves. The furry flower stalks that the plant sends up in spring and summer form a striking display of pink, red, orange, yellow, or even light green, with multiple flowers on each stalk. When the flowers open they are usually pale yellow or chartreuse in color, but the buds are even eye-catching before they open.

Plant Anigozanthos as part of your Mediterranean garden. They prefer well-drained sandy soil so consider adding them to raised beds or rock gardens. Mix them with ornamental grasses and succulents such as Sedums and Aeoniums to great effect. Kangaroo paw is also perfect for planting in cutting gardens, as they make attractive and unusual cut flowers. They pair well with gray eucalyptus leaves.

Anigozanthos ‘Pink Beauty’

This cultivar is a striking specimen with bright fuchsia-pink flowers. The plant is 3′ tall and wide. It’s an upright grower that will make a statement when planted with multiple plants massed together. It likes to be planted in full sun with moderate and regular water. It blooms for a long period in spring and summer.  USDA Zones: 9-11.

Anigozanthos ‘Ruby Velvet’

Buy Anigozanthus Ruby Velvet at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroThis Kangaroo Paw has beautifully fuzzy, deep red flower stalks. Its foliage reaches 2′ tall and wide, and the flowers reach above it to 3-4′ high. ‘Ruby Velvet’ is disease resistant and fire resistant, as well as being frost and drought tolerant. Overall, it’s a very easy plant to grow. It likes moderate and regular watering.  USDA Zones: 9-11.


 

Planting and Care for Kangaroo Paw

  • Plant in full sun to light shade.
  • Install plants in sandy, well-drained soils.
  • Apply Sluggo to avoid foliage damage.
  • Plant with GreenAll’s Firmulch to improve soil drainage.
  • Display in containers for good drainage.
  • Water during the dry summer months.
  • Prefer regular watering, somewhat drought tolerant once established.