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Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw Kangaroo Paw
Flower NameKangaroo Paw
Botanical NameAnigozanthos
OriginAustralia
ColoursRed, pink, gold
MeaningIndividuality

The Kangaroo Paw is one of the most unique flowers in the world. For its unusual beauty, its popularity as a cut flower is international. Kangaroo Paws are cultivated in Australia, Israel, Japan and the United States.

The Kangaroo Paw is native to only parts of Western Australia, it serves as the floral emblem of the state. Many gardeners have had success with the plant in other parts of the country. For the most part it has been found that hybrids grow better outside of the natural climate of the Kangaroo Paw.

The long stemmed flowers blossom in Spring and Summer. Kangaroo Paws when cultivated often live short lives. They are dormant during the winter time. Most plants live between three and five years. The stems are sturdy with one bloom on each.

For gardeners, it is important not to over water the Kangaroo Paw. Heavy pruning is required at the end of summer. The plant is suspect to a fungal disease, if one plant is suspected of carrying the disease them remove it from the garden immediately.

Small hairs cover the stalk bud and flower of the Kangaroo Paw, which is what gives it the vibrant colours we are used to. What we recognise as the flower is often made up of stalk as well, because of the occurrence of these hairs. This structure means that pollen in deposited on a birds head when it feeds on the nectar of a flower.

The botanical name for Kangaroo Paw is Anigozanthos, which means unequal flower. The bloom of the Kangaroo Paw is made up of asymmetrical parts. For this reason the flower is a symbol on uniqueness and individuality.

If you are looking for a bouquet for an allergy sufferer, Kangaroo Paw makes a good choice. They have little fragrance and low amount of pollen. If you receive a bouquet of Kangaroo Paw you can look forward to along vase life. Cut away the leaves, especially if they contain darker spots and change the water once a day.