Anigozanthos flavidus – Tall Kangaroo Paw – Red


The Tall Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus) is the most reliable and long lived of this iconic group of Western Australian plants. The leathery, dark green leaves are very tough and tend to hold up better against leaf blackening (often referred to as ink spot) than all other kangaroo paw species. There are true breeding flower colour forms of the Tall Kangaroo Paw, this one is red as in the above photos.

It is a great bird attracting garden plant that can be a feature at the back or middle of ornamental garden beds. Remove the dead flower stems and their associated foliage as soon as possible after the flowers start to lose their colour. One the plant reaches a diameter of 30 to 50cm after a few years the clean-up process can be done very quickly by chopping the whole plant back to ground level using shears or a whippersnipper. The Tall Kangaroo Paw is very tolerant of a wide range of soil types including clay soils. In fact, it thrives in quite damp positions and responds particularly well to regular fertilizing from autumn through to spring.

Scientific Name:Anigozanthos flavidus
Common Name:Kangaroo Paw
Plant Type:Clumping perennial
Height:2 ~ 3 metres
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Wildflower meadow
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Features:Cut flower, Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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