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Products > Macropidia fuliginosa 'Nightlife'
 
Macropidia fuliginosa 'Nightlife' - Black Kangaroo Paw

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
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 'Nightlife' (Nightlife Black Kangaroo Paw) - This evergreen short lived 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 3 to 4 foot tall branched inflorescence 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 - a recent recommendation from King's Park Botanic Garden in Western Australia is to avoid overhead water. Its unusual flower color makes it worthwhile for as long as one can have it. Attracts hummingbirds to the garden. Macropidia fuliginosa 'Nightlife' is new variety that comes to us from Green Fuse Botanicals. We don't have much information on this variety that would distinguish it from other Macropidia fuliginosa cultivars we have grown but Green Fuse describes it as having flowers to 4 feet tall, which would certainly be taller than the species. The photo on this page courtesy of Green Fuse Botanicals.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Macropidia fuliginosa 'Nightlife'.
 
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