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What Else Would You Call Them? They're Kangaroo Paws

Magazine article Sunset

What Else Would You Call Them? They're Kangaroo Paws

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What else would you call them?

They're kangaroo paws. They're Australia's latest plant gift to the Western U.S.A.

Nonstop flower factories, the new hybrid kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) are rarely out of bloom. Excellent cut flowers, these evergreen perennials are splendid container or garden plants. They're more compact and have brighter flower colors than the common wild species, and they're more resistant to ink disease--a fungus that can spoil foliage or kill plants. Australian nurserymen bred them for cut flower production and garden use. One parent (A. flavidus, shown at right) contributed vigor and disease resistance; it bears flowers ranging from yellow to rusty red. A number of other species provided smaller size and richer colors. The hybrids in the pictures on these pages all belong to the strain called Southern Aurora. Look for plants in nurseries in 5- to 6-inch pots ($10 to $15 each). Another compact strain, Bush Gems, includes `Dwarf Delight' (red), `Emerald Baby' (red and green), `Magic' (yellow), and `Ranger' (reddish). Taller hybrids are `Pink Joey' (pink, to 5 feet), `Red Cross' (burgundy, to 5 feet), and `Regal Claw' (orange, 5 to 8 feet); these taller ones don't do well for long in containers. …

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