Anigozanthos manglesii – Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

This beautiful kangaroo paw species is deservedly the floral emblem of Western Australia, which is home to this uniquely Australian species. It has a vivid combination of bright green flowers atop bright red stems, all clothed in a velvety soft haired texture. It flowers from late winter through to summer. It prefers a sandy well drained soil, it performs well in large pots as well.

It grows as a perennial plant with flowering stems to a metre high, but can be short lived in times of high rainfall or humidity. Growing in raised beds or large pots in areas where this is likely to affect them will help extend their growing life. The plant has an underground rhizome which helps store food for times of stress such as drought. Flowering takes energy from the plant, so fertilise and water in late winter as the weather warms, which will help bud formation.

Family: Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name:Anigozanthos manglesii
Common Name:Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
Other Common Names:Mangles Kangaroo Paw
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Red, Green
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant, Wildflower meadow
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Features:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, 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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