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Products > Macropidia fuliginosa
Macropidia fuliginosa - Black Kangaroo Paw

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Haemodoraceae
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Black
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Macropidia fuliginosa (Black Kangaroo Paw) - This evergreen perennial forms clumps to 1 to 2 feet tall with sword-like gray-green foliage. In mid spring and lasting until mid summer emerge the 2 foot tall branched inflorescences with dark stems and dark blackish buds that flare open at tips like a paw to expose the lime green inner portion of the flowers. Plant in a sunny protected location in the garden or in a container (recommended) with very well-drained soil . Irrigate regularly (drip is best to avoid wetting foliage) and fertilize lightly in spring but avoid using fertilizers with (P) phosphorus. Hardy to about 25-30 F, but best if protected from frost as to not damage the foliage. 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. Macropidia is a monotypic genus from Western Australia. It is very prone to ink spot disease, which also devastates some Anigozanthos species, so it is difficult to maintain for long in the garden. Its unusual flower color makes it worthwhile for as long as one can have it. Attracts hummingbirds to the garden. We thank Jo O'Connell for getting us our plants from an Australian tissue culture lab.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Macropidia fuliginosa.