Anigozanthos is one of those plants I’ve always been ambivalent about. Called kangaroo paw for its fuzzy, five-fingered flowers, it’s used so often in drought tolerant landscapes that growing tired of it is understandable. However, it’s important to remember that the genus Anigozanthis contains many different colors beyond the traditional red and yellow. So when I began placing plant orders for the nursery, I made sure to stock up on unique varieties that would keep our customers interested. Since then, I haven’t been able to keep them on the shelves. Here’s a look at some of the unique colors available.
Surprisingly, many of the colored kangaroo paws are naturally occurring. The most common are A. rufus and A. pulcherrimus, the red and golden ‘roo paws. Less common in the United States are A. manglesii, a stunning specimen with two-tone red and green blooms that is an emblem of Western Australia, and A. viridis, aptly named for its bright green coloration.