Proper care for Kangaroo Paws - Knowledgebase Question

Mission Viejo, CA
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Question by starrpro
August 23, 2005
Caring for Kangaroo Paws? How and when should they to prunned or cut back. The flowering blooms are starting to lose their color, should they be pruned and if so how far and when?

Thank you,

Answer from NGA
August 23, 2005
Anigozanthos, or Kangaroo Paw is an evergreen perennial native to Australia. It grows from thick rootstocks that form clumps of dark green, smooth, swordlike leaves to 3' or taller. The tubular flowers, in red, purple, green or yellow are curved at the tips like kangaroo paws. The plants like full sun and sandy or quick-draining soil. Supply regular water while the plant is in bloom and cut the spent flowering spikes down to the ground to encourage additional bloom over a long season. The plant doesn't require any exceptional care other than regular watering.

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