The Q&A Archives: Kangaroo Flowers

Question: I purchased a cut flower call Kangaroo Tail. Can you tell me which country this comes from and is it possible to grow in the Maryland area. They have yellow or Maroon blooms with a furry exterior.

Answer: You might be referring to Anigozanthos manglesii, also called kangaroo paws. These plants have iris-like leaves and large flowers. Here's one description: "...has flower stalks covered with velvety, bright crimson wool, and 3-inch-long blooms, similarly clothed, that are bright green with red bases. The style protrudes....yellow kangaroo paws, A. flavidus, has 1 1/4" flowers that are less showy [than the crimson variety.]"

Does this sound like yours? These plants grow in the wild only in Western Australia. They thrive only in dryish, warm climates where little or no frost occurs--I'm afraid Maryland doesn't fit the bill. But they can also be grown in greenhouses.

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