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Products > Anigozanthos 'Big Red'
Anigozanthos 'Big Red' - Red Kangaroo Paw
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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.  The information about Anigozanthos 'Big Red' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.