Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

Botanical Name: Anigozanthos manglesii
Aboriginal Name: Kurulbrang (Nyungar)
Family: HAEMODORACEAE
Flowering Period: June to December
Native to: All Kangaroo Paws are endemic to the south west of Western Australia.

The name ‘Kangaroo Paw’ (originally ‘Kangaroo Foot’) was coined around the 1850s and was used mainly for this species commonly found in the Perth area. In 1960 the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw was gazetted as the State floral emblem of Western Australia.

Kangaroo Paws include 11 species (and 23 sub species) of Anigozanthos and 1 species of Macropidia (the Black Kangaroo Paw). Preferring well-drained light to medium soils and full sun, Red and Green Kangaroo Paws adapt well to cultivation, but are short-lived. This species hybridises readily with Anigozanthos viridis the Green Kangaroo Paw. Clumps should be divided 2-3 years to promote vigour. Both leaves and flowers can be used for dyeing fabrics.

Location in the Zoo: Kangaroo Paws are generally planted each year around the courtyard just inside the Zoo Main Entrance. As well they can be found in the Australian Bushwalk and in the garden running outside the Bush Birds Aviaries.

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