Anigozanthos humilis – Catspaw

A very attractive kangaroo paw from the south west of Western Australia, with yellow flowers richly shaded with orange and red appearing in spring and summer. It tolerates heat and humidity, but is a bit frost tender. Flower stems reach up to a metre high. Likes a well drained soil. Grows from an underground rhizome, which gives it resilience in drought times.

Family:Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name:Anigozanthos humilis
Common Name:Catspaw
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.4 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.3 ~ 0.6 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Red, Orange
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Border plant
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

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

 


 

 

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