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Kangaroo paw

Anigozanthos spp.

Also known as

Australian sword lily, Cat's paw

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Kangaroo paw Overview

A small genus containing 11 perennial species. This genus is endemic to Australia and commonly referred to as kangaroo or cats paw due to the flower shape. Leaves are green to grey in colour and in some species hairy. Flowers appear at the ends of leafless stalks in clusters, the size and height of which varies between species. They grow best in dry, sandy, silica rich soil through underground rhizomes which vary in shape and structure across species.

How to propagate Kangaroo paw

Division

By division in spring.

Seed

Seed when fresh, in late summer.

Other uses of Kangaroo paw

Grown for their curious flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.