Anigozanthos ‘Big Red’ – Kangaroo Paw

 

A tall paw with large individual flowers which can reach 2 metres high. This paw is a strong grower that persists from year to year. Good cut flower and attracts birds that feed from the nectar rich flowers. Strappy dark green leaves.
Best in a sunny spot, feed with a good native fertiliser. Adaptable to different soils. Once established, it can be cut back hard to the ground to rejuvenate, as it will regrow from the underground rhizomes. Feed and water after cutting back to help the new growth, and if there is any danger of frost, cover the rhizomes with hay or straw to protect them.

See my article on Renew Your Kangaroo Paw for maintenance tips>>>

Family:Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name:Anigozanthos
Cultivar:Big Red
Common Name:Kangaroo Paw
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Column-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.