Kangaroo Paw Plant

Kangaroo Paw Plant

   The kangaroo paw is well known for its striking and unusual look. Its flowers closely resemble that of an animal's outstretched paw. It is considered an exotic flower.
    This plant has a genus of 11 species and multiple subspecies. Its native is Australia. These plants have long, slender, arching leaves.
    Colorful and adaptable. Tolerant of most conditions.
  • Origin: Southwestern Australia
  • Family: Haemodoraceae
  • Genus: Anigozanthos
  • Common Names: Kangaroo or Cat's paw

Meaning of Kangaroo Paw

    Known as Anigozanthos means "irregular flower".
    Living Essences of Australia describes it as "Healing Pathway to the Soul".

    Purple and Red Kangaroo Paw are; Openness

Symbolism of Kangaroo Paw

    The most common meaning is Uniqueness and Individuality. This comes from its unique and unusual appearance.    
    It can combine to mean Unique love or Unique friendship.
As a symbolism of;
  • Kindness
  • Sensitivity
  • Enjoyment
  • Closeness
  • Relaxing
  • In touch
  • Patient

"A relationship is like a garden. If it is to thrive it must be watered regularly. Special care must be given, taking into account the seasons as well as any unpredictable weather. New seeds must be sown and weeds must be pulled …"

                                                                                          John GRAY

Varieties of Kangaroo Paw

    Some popular kangaroo paw plants include:
Red and green kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos manglesii): The floral emblem of Western Australia.
Tall kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos flavidus): This species flowers are usually yellow-green color and grows to around 15 cm tall.
Little kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos bicolor): This plant remains less than 60 cm tall and produces yellow-green and red flowers.

Grow and Care

    Kangaroo paw plants are easy to care for. They can bloom on the ground or in a vase or pot. The dwarf varieties are more ideal for potting.
  • Planting; Kangaroo paw plants grow quickly and do not require much maintenance. Plant them in the spring When the threat of coldness is gone.
    It prefers full sun that at least half day of direct sunlight. The plant can even handle turbid hot afternoon sunlight.
    This plant generally needs sandy soil with acidic soil pH. However it can live different varieties of soil.
  • Watering; The plant has some drought tolerant, so it needs moisturized soil. Soaked soil can cause rotting problems. According to this, you should wait for soil to dry on top.
  • Fertilization; it's not heavy feeder, do not need regular fertilizer. For a healthy growth; add a cup or two organic fertilizer to the soil. Don't forget it should be before the peduncles appear!
  • Pruning; this plant generally wants heavy pruning. Trim the plant's leaves, peduncles, all to15 cm above the soil after blooms have faded.