The kangaroo’s paw, an original and very decorative plant


Jean François Schwob presents us in this video the anigozanthos, an original and very ornamental plant. Velvety and colorful blooms, fast growth and good drought resistance are the major strengths of this beautiful Australian.

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Kangaroo’s paw (Anigozanthos) is from South West Australia and grows wild in semi-desert areas, that is to say that completely dry periods follow periods when rain is present.

Anigozanthos forms a tuft of upright, linear straight green leaves that can reach 80 cm high from which escape downy flower stalks, contrasting, in the form of bent tubes covering a wide range of colors ranging from white to bright red through a bright yellow, a flashy orange or a bright pink. This very slender flowering makes it a unique plant in its genre.

This plant, easy to find on the market, requires some knowledge to be cultivated because its semi-desert origins must be taken into account.

To hardiness is less (of the order of -5 ° C to -10 ° C according to’species and variety), it will only be planted in the ground than in the southernmost regions, in a sheltered location and in very drained soil, even stony if possible not calcareous. It adapts well to the rock garden, on embankment, even in a dry massif of Mediterranean plants.

Everywhere else, it will be cultivated in large pots in order to be wintered out of frost during the bad season. A veranda, a greenhouse or a winter garden or even a very bright and sunny apartment will suit him perfectly as long as the room is not overheated.

From the first fine days and the risk of frost removed, you can bring the plant outside and start watering it again gradually, which will induce the appearance of the famous flower stalks.

Kangaroo paw culture conditions

This plant requires only limited maintenance and a period of rest in the cool and without watering in winter to then flower abundantly.

Brightness

This plant enjoy full sun or one very bright indoor location.

Watering

Water in summer once or twice a week to promote flowering. However, wait until the substrate almost completely dries up to water again.

In winter keep the plant dry to respect its vegetative rest.

Cut

Remove deflowered flower stalks. The plant should bloom again in late summer. In spring clean the tuft of any dead leaves.

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