Kangaroo paw: Anigozanthus

The Australian kangaroo paw, a member of the Haemodoraceae family, flowers in early spring in its native country but in temperate zones the flowers appear in summer. They are yellow-green or red tubular-shaped flowers borne in terminal clusters or spikes at the end of stems the up to 40 cm (16 in) long. Besides A. flavidus and A. manglesii, there is also a series of hybrids.

They all prefer a warm, sunny position and well-drained soil. They need regular watering in summer, ideally with lime-free water. They do not tolerate being waterlogged or a dry root ball. They only need weak solutions of fertilizer. Regular dead-heading is recommended while older plants will benefit from occasional thinning out.

The plants can be propagated from seed at room temperature but also by division of the rhizome, which is quicker. In winter, these evergreen plants must be placed in a bright, well-ventilated room and a temperature of about 10-15° C (50-59° F). They are sometimes prone to root rot and leaf spot.

22. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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