Commonly known as kangaroo paws due to the appearance of the flowers when open. All kangaroo paws are native to Western Australia, and only occur in the wild in that part of the country. Plants within genus Anigozanthos are perennial herbs forming clumps up to 2 m wide with evergreen leaves growing up to 1 m in length x 2 cm. The plants form rhizomes, a modified stem, underground. This rhizome makes the plant resistant to fire and drought, and it is able to re-sprout once conditions improve.
Flowering occurs from November to February, creating a colourful display. One plant may produce up to ten stems, with total flower production of several hundred over a season. The flowers as seen here, are covered in velvety hairs. The flowers are pollinated by birds. Many hybrids and cultivars are now available.
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