Anigozanthus: Greenhouse Plants
FF – frost free only
The striking Kangaroo Paw, which in recent years has been available as a cut flower for flower arrangers, can be risked outdoors if it is planted in a very protected border. However, planted into a border or pot grown inside is the best place where they can form a clump and flower well. They prefer a well-drained loam-based, like being fed and watered well in summer but kept more on the dry side during winter as they will be far better able to withstand low temperatures. They are easy to grow from seed sown on the surface of peaty compost and given a light position at 15-18°C (60-65°F). They can also be propagated by division. Stubborn plants may be separated by using two forks back to back to form levers. Anigozanthos manglesii from Western Australia produces woolly red flower stems 60 cm (2 ft) high during summer with vivid green flowers that are red at the base. A.flavidus is 1.2 m (4 ft) high and also has greenish-yellow flowers just tinged with red. A. rufus is probably the most striking with deep maroon flowers and is 60 cm (2 ft) high. The flowers really do look like little kangaroo paws.