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Products > Anigozanthos 'Big Red'
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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Anigozanthos 'Big Red'.