Unlike any other flower, the Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus) has long club-shaped buds covered with thick hairs of a deeper hue than the flowers.
This magical plant derives its common name from its tubular and woolly flowers that open to resemble the curved fingers of a kangaroo.
Although common in California gardens, kangaroo paws originate from southwestern Australia. The Kangaroo Paw is available in many colors with large floral stems, making it an excellent cut flower for flower arrangements and bouquets.
The flower can be brown, orange, pink, red, yellow, or green, depending on the species. With 12 different species to choose from in this genus, plant sizes range from a few inches to 6 feet tall.
Although the flowers are pretty small, they bloom in large numbers on well-branched stems. The long leafless flower stems, up to 2 meters, originate from a group of strip-shaped leaves.
The tubular, velvety flowers grow in fan-shaped panicles at the end of the stem. When a fluffy flower bud opens, six petals, curved at the ends, unfold to reveal the pollen-accepting stigma and the pollen-bearing stamens that originated in the central flower style.
Whether you want to grow Kangaroo Paw in the ground or in a pot, these flowering plants will grow well in well-drained soil.