Anigozanthos kalbarriensis – Kangaroo Paw

 

A low growing and compact kangaroo paw, native to the Geraldton region in Western Australia and relatively rare. The flower colour is variable, from yellow to green covered with red velvety hairs, giving them a very tactile quality. The leaves are green and sword shaped, and the plant grows from an underground rhizome, which contributes to its drought resistant qualities. Naturally growing on sandy soils, it needs very good drainage to thrive. Cut back dead flowers to keep tidy.

Family:Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name:Anigozanthos kalbarriensis
Common Name:Kangaroo Paw
Other Common Names:Kalbarri Cat's Paw
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Height:0.5 ~ 0.8 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Red, Green
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
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

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

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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