Scientific Name: ANIGOZANTHOS flavidus
Common Name: Mixed Colours Kangaroo Paw
Alternative Common Name: Tall Kangaroo Paw
Height: Up to 2m (7′)
Width: Up to 1m (3′)
Description: Easiest of the Kangaroo Paws to grow. A beautiful, long-lived, hardy perennial plant which produces tall, colourful flower stems from clumps of strong green strap-like leaves. Attracts nectar feeding birds.
Flowers: Spring and Summer flowers on 2m (7′) stems can vary in colour from bright orange or yellow to a range of reds, pinks or mauve tones. Excellent in a garden display or as long-lasting cut flowers.
Soil: Will grow well in almost any well-drained soil type.
Aspects: Full sun to part shade, in most open garden positions.
Habitat: Temperate zones, mediterranean type climates. Well draines soils. Can struggle with high humidity but handles this better than most other types of Kangaroo Paw.
Growing: Fill a pot or seed tray with moist, sandy soil and compress. Sow seeds thinly on the surface of the soil. Cover with a thin layer of soil. Wet thoroughly and keep the soil moist. Cover pots with clear polythene to preserve moisture and warmth and place pots in a warm, shaded position. Will usually germinate in 14-35 days.
Landscape: Open sunny garden positions or in large pots and tubs.
Cultivation: Remove polythene cover when germination starts. Protect seedlings from snails. Transplant to larger pots or plant out to open, sunny position once seedlings are 7-8cm (3″) high. Use occasional light applications of organic or slow release fertiliser, low in phosphates. Water around the base, not on the leaves.
Seed Starter Required: Helpful.