Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos

Better known for the unique shape of the flower, the Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos can add great value to your landscape. With the ability to adapt to a variety of climatic conditions, these plants can bring some excitement to your gardening project. Indigenous to Western Australia, the flowers of these plants featured as the floral emblem of West Australia and have even appeared on a number of postage stamps.

Planting and Growing Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos:

To ensure proper growth and long-lasting blooms, plant the kangaroo paw in an area with lots of direct sunlight. Make sure that the plants get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. They grow well in sandy soils, but adding organic matter will provide enough nutrition to the plants for the entire season.

Care and Maintenance:

As far as plant care is concerned, Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos requires low maintenance and attention. They demand less watering, so it is sufficient to water it deeply once a week. After every bloom, it is necessary to prune the entire plant. The old foliage and flower stalks must be trimmed to promote the growth of denser foliage.

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Kangaroo Paw Fern Info: Tips For Growing Kangaroo Foot Ferns

Kangaroo paw ferns (Microsorum diversifolium) are native to Australia. The scientific name refers to the different leaf forms on the plant. Some leaves are entire, while mature leaves have deep indentations. Kangaroo fern care takes its cues from the native range of the plant, where it is a feature of the Canberra region, growing in sunny locations near rocky outcrops. Read on for more kangaroo paw fern info, including its cultural requirements and features.

What is Kangaroo Foot Fern?

Kangaroo paw ferns have a variety of leaf forms but their length contributes to the common name. Kangaroos belong to the animal family Macropus, a reference to their big feet, and the fern that bears their name is characterized by up to 6-inch long (15 cm.) varietal leaves. Kangaroo paw fern info states the plant is an evergreen most suited to indoor growing, unless you live in a very warm region.

Kangaroo fern is a very adaptable plant. It is equally at ease in the home or the office. The plant has semi-wiry stems that hold up long, herbaceous fronds. The fronds are not typical of those seen on common ferns and may have indentations on the edges or be smooth. Leaves are dark green and leathery, with a glossy shine.

Growing Kangaroo Foot Ferns

For anyone who wishes to divide this plant, kangaroo fern grows from hairy rhizomes. This means it can spread in larger spaces or you can divide it easily, when mature, to make more of the easy to grow fern. Try growing kangaroo foot ferns in indirect light. They are even tolerant of partial shade and in their native regions, are often seen growing up trees. Kangaroo ferns may be epiphytic, meaning they will grow in tree crotches, logs and cracks in rocks.

They need consistent humidity and moisture but should not be in boggy soil. As an outdoor plant, kangaroo fern is ideal in United States Department of Agriculture zones 9 to 11. All other zones should treat this as an indoor specimen, but it can be brought outside in summer and situated in partial shade. The fern prefers acidic, well-draining soil that is consistently damp but not soaked.

Add a bit of leaf mold or peat moss to enhance fertility and acidity. Plants should be kept in warm areas that are ideally 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 27 C.).

Kangaroo Foot Fern Care

Water kangaroo fern regularly. In winter, the plant is not actively growing and watering should be reduced to half. Rainwater or distilled water will improve plant performance.

Fertilize once every 3 weeks with a good soluble plant food. Repot plants that have become overcrowded in early spring. An ideal mixture is half potting soil and half peat moss.

Divide the rhizomes, after digging the plant up, by cutting them apart with a good, sharp, sterile knife. Each new plant needs several healthy fronds and rhizomes. As young plants establish, keep them in low light and give just enough water to keep lightly moist. Once new roots have formed and a couple of new fronds are visible, resume normal care.

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Kangaroo Paw is the common name for a group of Australia rhizomatous herbaceous perennials in the genus Anigozanthos. This genus is in the Haemodoraceae, a family which is represented by 13 genera, primarily restricted to the southern Hemisphere. (Lophiloa – a small perennial bog plant is found in the eastern USA). There are 11 species of Anigozanthos that are restricted to the south-west corner of Western Australia. The bird pollinated flowers are tubular and split lengthwise with the 6 lobed “claws” being on the upper side of the flower. Often theses flowers are brilliantly colored and are sometimes clothed by contrasting colored hairs.

San Marcos has grown many of the different species and cultivars of Anigozanthos for over 20 years. In 1991 San Marcos Growers’ General Manager and Horticulturist Randy Baldwin spoke at the Australian Plant Symposium on the history of cultivation of Kangaroo Paws and how best to propagate and grow these beautiful and interesting plants. The syllabus for this talk is now on our website together with an update on what has been happening with these plants in the ensuing years. In addition, there has been quite a bit of confusion over the identity of some cultivars so, to aid our customers and their clients, we have posted an information page that describes the different cultivars with comparison images of their flowers.

Red Cultivar comparison – Comparison of the red Anigozanthos cultivars we grow Yellow Cultivar comparison – Comparison of the yellow Anigozanthos cultivars we grow Kangaroo Hop Into California Gardens: – The Cultivation of Anigozanthos in California (From 1991 Australian Plant Symposium)

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Anigozanthos ‘Amber Velvet’ Evergreen perennial to 3-4′ tall by 2′ wide w/large orange flowers from spring-fall. Full sun w/good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Big Red’ Red Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 6′ tall by 2′ wide with bright red flowers from spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Dawn’ Yellow Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 6′ tall by 2′ wide with yellow flowers from spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 25-30 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Devil’ Red Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial. Leaves to 1-2′ tall & red flowers on red stems to 3-4′ tall spring-fall. Plant in full sun. Water occasionally. Hardy to 25-30 F.
Anigozanthos Bush Diamond PP20,169 White Kangaroo Paw – Perennial to 2-3′ w/narrow green lvs & white fuzzy flwrs on pink stems. Full Sun. Water occasionally. Hardy to 20-25 F. PP20,169
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Games’ Red and Green Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 3-4′ tall by 2′ wide w/green & red flowers from spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 25-30 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Garnet’ Evergreen perennial to 3′ tall (foliage 1′). Burgundy red inflorescence in spring-fall. Full sun. Low water needs. 25-30 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Gold’ Yellow Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 2-3 feet tall w/ golden yellow flowers spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Lantern’ Dwarf Yellow Kangaroo Paw – Narrow linear light green foliage. Yellow, fuzzy flowers. Full sun. 10-16 in. tall.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pearl’ Dwarf Pink Kangaroo Paw – Perennial w narrow green linear leaves. Pink, fuzzy flowers. Sun.1-2 ft. tall. (A. humilis x bicolor x flavidus) Water occasionally. Hardy to 20-25 F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Ranger’ PP6,478 Dwarf Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial. Leaves to 1-2′ tall & red flowers on red stems to 2-3′ tall spring-fall. Plant in full sun. Water occasionally. Hardy to 25-30 F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Sunset’ Red Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 5-6′ tall by 2′ wide with dark red flowers from spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 25-30 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Bush Tango’ Orange Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 2-3 feet tall w/oranage flowers spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Coral Pink’ Coral Pink Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial. Full sun. Low water needs. Coral pink flowers in spring-fall. 3′ tall. 25-30 degrees F.
Anigozanthos Everlasting Gold PP28,714 Red-Yellow Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 2′ with yellow flwrs w/red stems to 3-4′ spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 F. PP28,714
Anigozanthos ‘Gold Velvet’ PP21,178 Gold Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 3-4′ tall by 2′ wide w/red stems & large gold flwrs spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 F.
Anigozanthos ‘Golden Tango’ Golden Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 2-3 feet tall w/yellow & oranage flowers spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 degrees F.
Anigozanthos ‘Harmony’ Red-Yellow Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 4-6′ tall with yellow flowers with red stems in spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. 20-25 F.
Anigozanthos Kanga Burgundy PP18,209 Bush Elegance Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial w/lvs to 1′ tall & red flwrs on red stems to 2′ spring-fall. Plant in full sun. Water occasionally. Hardy to 25-30 F.
Anigozanthos ‘Landscape Lilac’ Lilac Kangaroo Paw – Evergreen perennial to 5-6′ tall by 2′ wide w/lilac-pink flwes from spring-fall. Full sun w/ good drainage. Regular irrigation. Hardy to 25-30 F.
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Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii), (Anigozanthos flavidus), (Macropidia fuliginosa) or Mangle’s Kangaroo Paw is native to Australia. The local name for Kangaroo Paw is nol-la-mara (Nyoongar name) and Monkey Paw.

Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Liliopsida Order Commelinales Family Haemodoraceae Genus Anigozanthos

Kangaroo Paws are brightly-colored, large, vividly colored, velvety flowers with no fragrance. Kangaroo Paws have a sturdy stem, which is a natural perch and makes them ideal flowers for birds. Fine, brightly colored hairs cover the flowers and are, sometimes, part of the stalk. A single Kangaroo Paw blooms on each stem during spring (August – October).

Did you know? The fuzzy Kangaroo Paw flowers can irritate the skin.

Kangaroo Paws make very good cut flowers and ornamentals. Kangaroo Paws are exported widely globally and are grown commercially in the USA, Israel and Japan.

The Kangaroo Paw’s shape and the position of the pollen-bearing anthers enable pollen to deposit on the head of the feeding birds. Pollen is transferred in the Kangaroo Paw from flower to flower as the birds feed

Kangaroo Paw plant is stunning with long, flattened leaves and beautiful brilliant green flowers that are 10 centimeters long. Kangaroo Paws bloom in fan-like clusters at the end of long stems. Each Kangaroo Paw flower has a bright red ovary which, with the unusual paw-shaped flowers, gives the flower its common name. Rare yellow Kangaroo Paws are also seen sometimes.

Facts about Kangaroo Paw Flowers

  • Mangle’s Kangaroo Paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia, where it is endemic.
  • Other common species include the Green Kangaroo Paw, which ranges in color from lemon yellow to emerald green, and the Catspaw, which has smaller red, orange and gold flowers.
  • Different species of the unusually shaped Kangaroo Paw usually deposit pollen on different areas of the birds’ head. Thus, pollen from one species is unlikely to deposit in the flowers of another species.
  • The red and green Kangaroo Paw is easily distinguished by its large red and green paw-shaped flowers.
  • The Mangle’s Kangaroo Paw has traditionally been used in Aboriginal medicines.
  • Kangaroo Paws are also pollinated by honey eaters or wattlebirds.
  • A major disease of Kangaroo paws is a fungus, which causes Ink disease, where large black blotches appear on the leaves.
  • The genus name, Anigozanthos is derived from the Greek word ‘anises’, meaning unequal or oblique, and ‘anthos’, meaning flower, an allusion to the division of the Kangaroo Paw flower into six unequal parts.

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Growing Kangaroo Paw Flowers

Kangaroo Paws easily propagate from seed. The young plants usually flower after a year. Clumps may also be divided in early summer. Macropidia fulginosa is difficult to propagate from seed or by division.

  • Kangaroo Paws grow best in well-drained soils in a sunny position.
  • Well-composted organic matter improves growth.
  • Place the Kangaroo Paw seeds under seed starter about 1/2 inch.
  • Kangaroo Paw seeds are small, but try and spread them so there is about 1/2 inch to an inch between the seeds.
  • Keep the soil moist until they sprout. It takes about 4 weeks to see the first sprout.
  • Water Kangaroo Paw sprouts, but do not overwater.
  • The sprouts should grow to about an inch before moving individual sprouts to their own pots.
  • Move sprouts to their own pots without touching the roots. Kangaroo Paw roots are very sensitive.
  • They do well in a small pot with either potting soil or more seed starter.

Let the sprouts get to be a few inches tall before you try to put them into the ground. If they are too small when you try to transplant them, they will not survive very easily.

Kangaroo Paw Plant Care

  • Grow Kangaroo Paw outdoors in moist but well-drained, humus-rich sandy loam in full sun.
  • To prevent the spread of fungal spores, badly effected Kangaroo Paw leaves should be removed and burnt. In extreme cases, the application of the fungicide, copper oxychloride, may help retard the disease.
  • Kangaroo Paws are also prone to snail and slug attack and special attention should be given to removing them.
  • Use little water if Kangaroo Paws are growing near the coast, and more near inland.
  • Water the Kangaroo Paw freely in spring and summer, applying a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.
  • Keep almost dry in winter.

Kangaroo Paws

SERIES 16 | Episode 04

With their distinctive flowers and diversity of colours and forms, Anigozanthos kangaroo paws are among the most rewarding Australian plants. They grow from an underground rhizome and produce beautiful flowers on long stems mainly during spring and summer. There are many new varieties of kangaroo paws and Melissa visited a nursery on the central coast of New South Wales to show us how to get the best out of them. Growing naturally only in the south west of Western Australia, they’re now widely available to gardeners, thanks to the efforts of plant breeders such as Angus Stewart.

Angus’s interest in kangaroo paws started as a child. His grandmother was a wild flower painter, who used to traipse all over the countryside and Angus used to go out with her, collecting flowers for her to paint. She had kangaroo paws in her garden and that’s when the love affair started.

Angus has been breeding Australian plants for 20 years and has developed an extensive range of new kangaroo paw varieties with improved form, flower colour and disease resistance.

He explains the process of taking wild flowers, which need to be domesticated and cross-bred to come up with plants that have all the characteristics that are going to make them great garden plants. Angus’s all time favourite kangaroo paw that he’s developed is Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pearl’ which is a vibrant pink.

Angus has a garden where he trials tall varieties and very short ones. There are a great selection of Anigozanthos flavidus hybrids, which are all very tall, but very tough. These are ideal for people who want a low maintenance kangaroo paw that performs year after year. Then there are smaller varieties, which are fantastic for pots or garden borders. They need a little bit more care and maintenance to get the best of out them. Anigozanthos ‘Bush Inferno’, is a bright red one, and Anigozanthos ‘Bush Gold’ is yellow.

To get the best out of your kangaroo paws grow them in full sun with good drainage. You can also add a small amount of organic matter to the soil to help improve growth. They do have a slightly higher demand for water during early spring and summer, which helps maintain the longevity of the blooms. But outside that, they’re quite drought tolerant. Pruning is the key to keeping kangaroo paws healthy and vigorous. You might be shocked at what Angus recommends.

Angus likes to use the tractor, or even a lawnmower, to prune large areas of kangaroo paw. But for smaller areas there are more subtle methods. Cutting them back hard is the main thing, right to ground level is best because all the growing points are underground. You could also use secateurs. Sometimes when they’re in mid-flower, little buds emerge, so don’t cut these back and you may get a second burst of flowering.

Cutting back also helps reduce the incidence of disease. The dreaded ink spot that people often mention with kangaroo paws is something that attacks the leaves. It can be caused by fungal diseases, but it can also be caused by snails and frost damages – anything which kills the leaf tissue will blacken it. So by cutting all that leaf off, you get beautiful, fresh new leaves which gives the plant a really vigorous green appearance.

This time of year, just after you’ve cut them back, a good handful of slow release fertiliser just sprinkled around the base is ideal. If you do that again in spring, when they’re in the middle of their growth flush, you’ll be richly rewarded. Something else you can do at this time of year, summer and into autumn, is divide the plant. When the clumps get really big it’s time to sink in the spade to divide the plant into pieces and then you’ve got new plants.

Like a lot of garden plants, the kangaroo paws can look a bit tired after they flower, so this maintenance helps revitalise them, encouraging nice healthy new growth and lots more flowers for next season. They’re a fabulous bird-attracting plant, drought tolerant as well, and they’re an icon of the native garden.

A step by step guide on how to prune your kangaroo paw


Kangaroo paws are very giving plants when they flower, but flowering comes at a cost to the plant in energy. So once the flowers die back, a plant can look sick or half dead, when in fact it is just full of dead stems and browned off foliage. So, rather than call the plant ambulance out to your paw that is doing poorly, we’ll give it some home doctoring instead.

Cutting a kangaroo paw back gives new shoots room and incentive to grow, so is well worth spending time on it. The thing to remember about growing kangaroo paws is that once a leaf fan has produced a flower and that flower dies off, it will not continue growing and will not produce another one….new growth for the next flowering comes from the next crop of new leaf fans that are produced from the underground rhizome. If the old dead flowers and old leaf fans are left on, the plant will tend to sit idle and not produce as many new shoots- cutting out the old finished bits seems to stimulate new life. Once you know this, you know what to aim for when cutting back your kangaroo paw. And all that new growth needs feeding, too. Kangaroo paws can be fed any good plant food. It doesn’t need to be low phosphorous. Just be sure to water afterwards to avoid root or rhizome burn.

There are two ways to reinvigorate a kangaroo paw that looks shabby….I will show you the quick and dirty way, great for time poor people or when you have had a bad day and want to hack something, and then I’ll show you the slow and careful way. The quick way is best for the taller paws, I advise only using the slow and careful way for the smaller growing kangaroo paw varieties.

The Quick Way To Fix Old Kangaroo Paws

If you are short on time, it is fine to use this quick method to renovate the taller varieties of kangaroo paw. The smaller dwarf varieties generally need the slow and careful procedure which follows this quick method.

Provided the plant is well established, and you don’t get severe frost before you get a chance to cover the cut plant, it should resprout with fresh green shoots. It can take a few weeks for this to happen, so don’t despair if you think you have killed it….it can take time. So, let’s begin. Take your secateurs, whipper snipper or lawn mower (on a high setting, you don’t want to cut into the rhizome), and cut cut cut!

Shabby looking kangaroo paw

Hmmmm. Time to get stuck in!

Where to cut your kangaroo pawAfter the cutCut right back

Now that was fast. And easy! If you look closely, you can see that there are some fresh new shoots already pushing their way through which I was careful to leave. Now they have all the room in the world to grow. It is best to have given your plant/s a light feed a couple of weeks before cutting back, so the plant has time to take in a bit of energy reserve to give you a new flush of growth. It is also best to cut them back in late summer to the start of autumn, before any chance of frost. If it may get frosty, then some hay placed around the rhizome to protect it is advisable.

One week laterTwo weeks later

First picture shows a week after cutting back, the second picture is two weeks later. The plant was fertilised and watered after cutting back, and watered every few days as the weather was sunny.

The Slower And More Careful Way To Cut Back Kangaroo Paws

This method takes more time than the previous one that cuts back everything, but does leave a more presentable plant at the end. The plan of attack is to slowly work your way through all the leaf fans that contain dead flower stems, after first pulling off the dead old leaves. This is the best method to use for smaller varieties of kangaroo paw, which tend to have a less robust rhizome, so have less food stores to cope with the more drastic cut back technique.

The first step is to pull away old leaves that are browning off, this gives you a better look into the plant to see where you need to cut back the old flower stem and the leaf fan that the stem came from. It is advisable to take the leaves off so that they come away from the base, this is done with a bit of a sideways pull.

Removing dead leaves Dead leaves gone Cutting out old flower stems

Looking better already after the dead leaves are gone, so it is time to cut out all the old flowers. Push aside any fresh new foliage where needed to get into the base of the old stem. Cut low down, but not so far down that you cut into the rhizome.

Front half cut back Getting into the centre Where to cut

Don’t be daunted by the amount of stems. Just check through for the old leaf fans that have the dead flower stem in the middle, and cut the whole fan out near the base, one by one. Leave healthy fans that have not yet flowered, as they help feed the plant as it recovers. It took less than ten minutes to do this clean up.

Cutting the old fan Old stems removed After!

Now to fertilise and water the plants, and take all the old cut foliage to the compost bin or worm farm, and then stand back and admire your fresh new kangaroo paw.

The pruning will help stimulate new growth from the rhizome. Once you get new growth happening, it is a good idea to feed the plant again, though if it is around frost time, hold back on feeding with high nitrogen formulations, as these will cause too much soft growth which is easily damaged. When you see (or feel) the new leaf fans start to thicken up, you know that your new flower stems are forming. Be sure to water regularly when you see this, as water stress can cause malformed flowers.

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