Friday, December 23, 2011

Kangaroo Paw

This plant is native to Australia, and Australian plants grow great in SoCal. Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos has a furry flower and strap like leaves. The flowers come in red, orange, yellow and green. The plants grow to about 3-4 feet when flowering. I have seen some new dwarf varieties that only grow to about 1 1/2 feet. As most Aussie natives, Kangaroo Paw is drought tolerant and will rot with too much water. Flowering usually occurs in Spring. But I have seen them bloom from winter through summer!

This orange one is growing in one of my client's garden in South Pasadena. And the color is really that bright! Research tells that the flowers are bird pollinated. So enjoy those hummingbirds!

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