Kangaroo paw is the common name for a number of species, in two genera of the family Haemodoraceae, that are endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. These perennial plants are noted for their unique bird attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hairs and open at the apex with six claw-like structures: from this paw formation the common name “kangaroo paw” is derived.
The color and form of kangaroo paws make them one of the most rewarding Australian native plants for the home garden. Kangaroo paws are also very good cut flowers. They are exported to many parts of the globe and are grown commercially in the USA, Israel and Japan.
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
Vase Life: 6-14 days, depending on care and handling.
Availability: Available all year round.
Length: Whole Blossoms Anigozanthus are 26-32in long and come packed in 5 stem bunches.
Flower Care and Handling
- Please hydrate your fresh cut Kangaroo Paws upon arrival.
- Anigozanthus Kangaroo Paws are shipped dry. They must be trimmed and hydrated immediately upon receipt.
- Unpack your fresh Kangaroo Paws immediately upon delivery and cut about one-quarter to one-half inch off the stem at an angle under running water (with a sharp knife NOT scissors).
- Quickly place each stem into a bucket filled with fresh water.
- Add floral preservative to the water if available. In the absence of flower food, pour a spoon of sugar into the water (to help open the flowers) and one drop of bleach (to keep bacteria away).
- Do not add more than one drop of bleach.
- Replace water and floral preservative every 2-3 days to help extend the vase life of your fresh cut flowers.
- Remove wilted foliage that could later fall into the water to avoid bacteria build-up. In case your Kangaroo Paws are not going to be displayed immediately, try to store them in a cool place with ample humidity.
- When storing your bulk Kangaroo Paw flowers, ensure they are not moved from cold to hot or from hot to cold temperatures since drastic temperature changes can burn flowers.
Here are some varieties of Kangaroo Paws we have available:
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