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June 2016 Plant of the Month - Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw Big RedThe June 2016 Plant of the Month is Anigozanthos, more commonly known as Kangaroo Paw (Anigozathos ‘Big Red’ and ‘Bush Dawn’).  Native to Western Australia, Kangaroo Paw is an evergreen plant with long slender leaves that make a small mound about 2 feet tall and wide. From late spring to fall, they send up beautiful and long lasting flower spikes with fuzzy tubular blooms that are attractive to hummingbirds and bees. Requiring a sunny location with good drainage, Kangaroo Paw is easy to grow in the Bay Area climate and is very drought tolerant.

Kangaroo Paw Bush Dawn

Kangaroo Paw is a genus in the Haemodoraceae family of perennial herbaceous flowering plants – also known as the "Bloodwort family". 

You can find Kangaroo Paw planted in some of the drier landscapes found on West Field Road, Buildings 682 and 676.

 

Fun Fact:  The red-and-green kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia.