Kangaroo paw

Did you know? The tubular form of Anigozanthos flower buds resembles a kangaroo paw, hence its common name.
Common name : Kangaroo paw
Scientific name : Anigozanthos spp.
Family : Haemodoraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Minimal water
Minimal water
Anigozanthos is a small genus of Australian plants in the bloodwort family Haemodoraceae. The 11 species are commonly known as kangaroo paw or catspaw depending on the shape of their flowers. These perennials native to dry sandy, siliceous areas of southwest Australia, grow from short, underground, horizontal rhizomes, with a basal rosette of long green to greyish-green leaves from which emerge long leafless stalks ending in a raceme of flowers. The tubular form of the flower bud resembles a kangaroo paw, hence its name. The popularity of Anigozanthos as a garden plant has led to the development of many cultivars.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 30 - 200
pH 6 - 7

Plant my kangaroo paw

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my kangaroo paw

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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