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Anigozanthos 'Big Red' - Red Kangaroo Paw
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Haemodoraceae
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (A. manglesii x flavidus(T) x rufus x flavidus(T))
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Anigozanthos 'Big Red' (Red Kangaroo Paw) - An evergreen perennial with fuzzy rich red flowers that look like claws that rise high above the iris-like foliage from spring through fall (nearly year round along coast). Grows 4-6 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Plant in a sunny and open position in the garden in well-drained soils. Irrigate regularly and fertilize in spring (not heavily and keep phosphorus on the low side). Fans only flower once and need to be cleaned out after the flowering period so remove the old leaves down to as low as possible at the end of a season. Care should be exercised that the new emerging fans are not damaged. Hardy and evergreen to about 25 degrees F and will re-sprout after being knocked down by temperatures as low as 20 F. 'Big Red' has the largest flowers of the red cultivars that we grow. This triploid hybrid between (A. manglesii x A. flavidus tetraploid) x (A. rufus x A. flavidus tetraploid) was created by Keith Oliver, at Lakkari Native Plant Nursery in Western Australia and first registered in 1983. It exhibits good disease resistance. Attracts hummingbirds.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Anigozanthos 'Big Red' .
 
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