Kangaroo Paws - Plant of the Month February 2017
Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos) are native to the south west of Western Australia but can be successfully grown in most areas of well drained soil which do not experience heavy frosts. The flowers, on stems up to 1.5metres, appear during spring and provide a great long lasting display. The plants need sun and some water during summer.
While the species plants generally have flowers in the red/green/yellow range the recently released, by Angus Stewart, “Landscape Range” of cultivars includes other colours such as violet, pink, etc. These plants are much hardier and so will tolerate wet spells and some shade.
To ensure strong growth and repeat flowering the plants should to be cut back hard after flowering. A light application of a good native fertiliser after flowering is advisable.